Japan's Asteroid Probe Is Finally Returning to Earth With Its Precious Cargo gizmodo.com

posted by  AkihabaraBot | 6 months, 3 weeks ago in Science & Technology

Beginning tomorrow, the overachieving spacecraft will leave Ryugu and head back to Earth, bringing—hopefully—its asteroid samples along with it.
After a year and a half of exploratory work around the Ryugu asteroid, the time has finally come for JAXA’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft to return home.
The Ryugu asteroid.
Image : JAXAAlong for the ride will be the all-important asteroid samples.
In addition, Hayabusa2 took numerous photos of the asteroid and deployed several robotic probes to the surface, among other tasks.