Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Blasts Artificial Crater in Asteroid Ryugu’s Surface

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Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft has completed yet another intense mission: It used an explosive to blast a crater in the surface of the asteroid Ryugu. This success comes after the probe briefly touched down on the asteroid in February, firing a tantalum bullet into the surface in hopes of kicking up debris.

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https://gizmodo.com/hayabusa2-spacecraft-blasts-artificial-crater-in-astero-1833825034

Wildly Spinning Asteroid Caught In the Throes of Self-Destruction

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With its long, bright tail, this object bears an uncanny resemblance to a comet, but it’s actually an active asteroid. New observations suggest the asteroid is spinning so quickly that it’s starting to break down and crumble, in what is a relatively rare cosmological phenomenon.

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https://gizmodo.com/wildly-spinning-asteroid-caught-in-the-throes-of-self-d-1833647635

Extreme Dwarf Planet FarFarOut Could Be the Most Distant Known Object in the Solar System

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Just months after discovering FarOut, the most distant known object in the Solar System, the same team of astronomers has detected the faint—but not yet confirmed—glimmerings of an object even farther away. Dubbed FarFarOut, the extreme dwarf planet is 13 billion miles away—a distance so far it takes nearly 20 hours…

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https://gizmodo.com/extreme-dwarf-planet-farfarout-could-be-the-most-distan-1832957325

Dramatic Dark Smudge Appears Where Hayabusa2 Landed on Ryugu Asteroid

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Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe touched down successfully on the Ryugu asteroid late last week, blasting its surface and—hopefully—collecting samples. A new image released by JAXA shows a distinctive smudge on the asteroid where the procedure took place, but the cause of the dark surface feature isn’t immediately clear.

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https://gizmodo.com/dramatic-dark-smudge-appears-where-hayabusa2-landed-on-1832871608

Japanese Spacecraft Hayabusa2 Touches Down on Asteroid Ryugu

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The Japanese Hayabusa2 spacecraft has completed one of its most exciting challenges yet: On Thursday evening, it touched down on the asteroid Ryugu, fired a tantalum bullet into the rocky surface, and ascended back into orbit around the tiny world, according to updates from the mission’s English-language Twitter…

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https://gizmodo.com/japanese-spacecraft-hayabusa2-touches-down-on-asteroid-1832801579