Hayabusa2 Touches Down on Asteroid Ryugu

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Tokyo, Feb. 22 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Hayabusa2 unmanned space probe successfully touched down on the asteroid Ryugu Friday morning, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said.

Data from Hayabusa2 showed that a direction was issued for the probe to shoot a bullet into the surface of the asteroid to collect samples after it touched down around 7:30 a.m. Japan time (10:30 p.m. Thursday GMT), JAXA said.

Hayabusa2 is now ascending again as planned after the touchdown, JAXA said.

The asteroid is located some 340 million kilometers from Earth.

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