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Illustration of the imagined asteroid explorer "HAYABUSA2," which is expectd to return samples from asteroid 1999JU3. | Akihiro Ikeshita
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Asteroid Mission To Look For Seeds of Life

An ambitious sample return mission to an ancient asteroid, one which is believed to contain hydrated minerals and organics, is due to launch in 2014.

September 27, 2012
3:00 AM EDT