Japan spacecraft releases rover to asteroid in last mission

Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft released a small rover on Thursday that will land on the surface of an asteroid as part…

Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft released a small rover on Thursday that will land on the surface of an asteroid as part its final mission before heading back to Earth, Japan’s space agency said. The Minerva-II2 rover began a slow descent to the asteroid Ryugu, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said.

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