JAXA Touts Success of Hayabusa2's 2nd Asteroid Landing

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Sagamihara, Kanagawa Pref., July 11 (Jiji Press)--The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, Thursday touted the success of its Hayabusa2 unmanned spacecraft's second landing on the Ryugu asteroid.

"We've obtained a piece of the history of the solar system," JAXA's Yuichi Tsuda, who leads the project, said at a news conference, indicating that the spacecraft successfully collected underground samples from the asteroid.

Hayabusa2 approached a point 30 meters above Ryugu around 9:40 a.m. Thursday Japan time (12:40 a.m. GMT) before landing at 10:06 a.m. It is believed to have succeeded in collecting samples stirred up by a projectile it launched.

The spacecraft was "guided as planned very precisely," said Takanao Saiki, associate professor at JAXA.

The landing "scored 1,000 out of 100," Tsuda said. "It was perfect, including the actions by the project team."

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