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Hayabusa2, MASCOT, Ryugu, asteroid
An illustration of Hayabusa2 and the asteroid Ryugu. DLR German Aerospace Center
Exploration

Hayabusa2 Eyes Difficult Landing on Asteroid Ryugu’s Rocky Surface

Covered in primordial rocks and boulders, the near-Earth asteroid’s material could provide important insights into how planetary systems form.

Published On 10/30/2018
7:29 AM EDT
An image taken by MASCOT after the lander's first contact with asteroid Ryugu's surface. DLR/JAXA