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It Blasted an Asteroid. Now This Japanese Spacecraft Will Inspect Its Work.

Jul 10, 2019 - The New York Times

When last we checked in with Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft in April, it had blown a crater in a large rock that orbits the sun.

On Wednesday night (Thursday morning in Japan), the robotic probe will make a close inspection of its handiwork. As it descends to the surface of the asteroid, it will attempt to swiftly collect a sample of material that was exposed when that crater was created. If the mission is successful, it will add to the cache of samples aboard Hayabusa2, which are to be br...