Hayabusa 2 Asteroid Explorer inbound for High-Speed Earth Swing-by

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 Asteroid Explorer is inbound for a flyby of Earth on Thursday after the first year of its three-and-a-half-year journey to asteroid Ryugu where the spacecraft will complete an 18-month that will include the deployment of four small landers and an explosive penetrator as well as a series of ambitious brief touchdowns for sample collection.

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