Japanese space explorer hopes to gather samples from asteroid

December 3, 2014 6:12 AM

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Japanese space explorer hopes to gather samples from asteroid

Dec. 3, 2014: An H2-A rocket carrying space explorer Hayabusa2, lifts off from a launching pad at Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima, southern Japan. (AP)

TOKYO – A Japanese space explorer was launched Wednesday on a six-year roundtrip journey to blow a crater in a remote asteroid and collect samples from inside in hopes of gathering clues to the origin of earth.

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