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The Japanese space probe Hayabusa2 begins to descend to an asteroid to collect samples – Xinhua



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TOKYO, July 10 (Xinhua) – Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft began Wednesday on an asteroid called Ryugu about 250 million km from the land where samples of artificial craters that contain water and organic substances will be collected , Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said.

This will be the second time the probe landed on the asteroid, with the last landing to collect waste from a crater created in April by the probe when a projectile on the surface of Ryugu was shot, he said the agency

Organic substances and water can be contained in the new samples that will be collected by Hayabusa2, and along with several exploratory activities, the mission of JAXA to Ryugu and the conclusions of the probe may reveal clues about the evolution of the solar system and, possibly, the beginning of life itself.

According to JAXA, the probe began its descent at 11:00 local time, from a position of 20 km above the surface of the asteroid, at a speed of 40 centimeters per second.

When the probe is five kilometers above the surface of Ryugu Wednesday night, its descent will be reduced to 10 cm per second, according to JAXA.

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