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News Picks : JAXA reveals asteroid sample collector Hayabusa 2

By: Physics Today
03 September 2014

Japan Times: Last weekend the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) revealed its Hayabusa 2 spacecraft. As the name suggests, it is a follow-up to JAXA's Hayabusa, which returned to Earth in 2010 after completing a seven-year mission to collect samples from the asteroid Itokawa. Hayabusa 2 will target asteroid 1999 JU3, which contains both carbon and water. JAXA hopes that the samples it collects will provide clues to the origin of life and the formation of the solar system. The agency plans to launch the spacecraft later this year.


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