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Hayabusa2 is an asteroid sample-return mission operated by the Japanese space agency, JAXA.

It follows on from Hayabusa and addresses weak points identified in that mission.

Hayabusa2 was launched on 3 December 2014 and rendezvoused with near-Earth asteroid 162173 Ryugu on 27 June 2018.

It is in the process of surveying the asteroid for a year and a half, departing in December 2019, and returning to Earth in December 2020.

Hayabusa2 carries multiple science payloads for remote sensing, sampling, and four small rovers that will investigate the asteroid surface to inform the environmental context of the samples collected.

What is Hayabusa2

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