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The space adventure > Hayabusa 2


Credit :  JAXA
Image of Hayabusa 2 taking samples

This JAXA Japanese Space Agency mission completes Hayabusa 2005 mission to Itokawa. Launched on December 3, 2014, it aims to explore the asteroid 162173 Ryugu (1999 JU3) in 2018 and return to Earth in 2020.

The mission will drop a rover on the asteroid, send an explosive impactor and collect the material thus dispersed and bring back to Earth the samples.