Japan Lands Probe on Asteroid for Second Time

For the second time, Japan’s space agency has landed a spacecraft on the asteroid Ryugu.

Ahead of the landing, the craft fired a projectile onto the asteroid’s surface to dislodge material it will collect and bring back to Earth.

After that, it took around a day to land on the asteroid.

According to the space agency the landing was more than perfect and done autonomously.

However, only when the craft returns to earth will scientists know if it successfully collected any material.

The first landing happened earlier this year and is believed to have collected some material.

With the samples, scientists hope to learn more about how the Earth formed.

Now, the craft will remain at the asteroid until the end of the year, when it will return home.

Source: NewsNet | Japan Lands Probe on Asteroid for Second Time