Japan’s Hayabusa2 Space Probe on Its Way Back
Japan’s Hayabusa2 Space Probe on Its Way Back After Ryugu Asteroid Mission. Hayabusa2 is scheduled to return to Earth by the end of 2020.
Japanese space probe is heading home from an asteroid 250 million km (155 million miles) from Earth after collecting sub-surface samples that could help scientists seeking the origins of life
Asteroids called Ryugu, may contain organic matter that may have contributed to life on Earth.
This will be the first time samples from beneath an asteroid’s surface have been brought back to Earth.
Hayabusa2 after dropping off a capsule containing the samples, without landing, the probe itself will keep on going and fly away into space, finishing its six-year, JPY 29 billion ($266 million) mission.