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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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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All the Incredible Stuff Happening in Space in 2019

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The past year saw tremendous advancements in humanity’s capacity to explore space, and 2019 promises to be no different. From mysterious Kuiper Belt objects and Martian probes to historic rocket launches and daring efforts to touch the Sun, here’s what the next 12 months have in store.

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https://gizmodo.com/all-the-incredible-stuff-happening-in-space-in-2019-1831215547