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EXPLAINER: What has Japanese space mission accomplished? | World News – Manchestertimes

TOKYO (AP) — A small capsule containing asteroid soil samples that was dropped from 136,700 miles (220,000 kilometers) in space by Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft…

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TOKYO (AP) A small capsule containing asteroid soil samples that was dropped from 136,700 miles (220,000 kilometers) in space by Japans Hayabusa2 spacecraft landed as planned in the Australian Outback on Sunday. After a preliminary inspection, it will be flown to Japan for research. The extremely high precision required to carry out the mission thrilled many in Japan, who said they took pride in its success. The projects manager, Yuichi Tsuda of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, called the…

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