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Space 'dumpling' looms into view as spacecraft prepares for asteroid rendezvous

June 20, 2018 2:38 PM
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The “dumpling-shaped” asteroid Ryugu is looming into view of Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft as it prepares to rendezvous with the space rock.

Launched on Dec. 3, 2014, Hayabusa 2’s goal is to retrieve samples from Ryugu. The BBC reports that the unmanned spacecraft should arrive at its ‘home position’ 20 km (12.4 miles) from the asteroid around June 27. During its subsequent 18-month survey of Ryugu, Hayabusa 2 will deploy a lander and th...

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