Watch Japan's Hayabusa spacecraft shoot a bullet at an asteroid Thursday

CNET | 2/21/2019 | Amanda Kooser
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Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa 2 will try to bring a bit of Ryugu back to Earth.

Let's fire a bullet at an asteroid. This might sound like a plot point from a sci-fi show, but it's about to become reality when Japan's space agency JAXA directs its Hayabusa 2 spacecraft to go grab a sample of an asteroid.

Ryugu - Mid-2018 - Rovers - Lander - Surface

Hayabusa 2 arrived at the asteroid Ryugu in mid-2018 and has already delivered two rovers and a lander to the surface. But touching down on the rock with its sampler horn is a sensitive operation.

JAXA delayed the touchdown from last fall after discovering Ryugu's surface was much rockier than expected. The new sample collection time is set for Friday, Feb. 22 at 8 a.m. Japan time, which works out to Thursday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. Pacific in the...
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