Descent of Hayabusa2 toward Asteroid Delayed

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Tokyo, Feb. 21 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Hayabusa2 unmanned space probe has failed to begin a descent toward the asteroid Ryugu as scheduled, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said Thursday.

A decision to let down the probe has yet to be made, according to JAXA.

Hayabusa2 is in its home position 20 kilometers above Ryugu, with no malfunction found in the spacecraft, JAXA said.

A team operating Hayabusa2 conducted final checks earlier on Thursday for its descent toward the asteroid.

The spacecraft was scheduled to begin a descent mission at 8:13 a.m. Thursday (11:13 p.m. Wednesday GMT), but an examination of the probe and other procedures have yet to be completed, according to JAXA.

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