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Hayabusa2 launches Space Center in southern Japan

Hayabusa2 launches Space Center in southern Japan

TOKYO: A Japanese space explorer is sent on a six year roundtrip travel to blow a crater in a remote asteroid expect of gathering clues to the origin of earth.
Hayabusa2 was launched Wednesday from Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan.
The explorer is expected to reach the asteroid in 2018 and spend 18 months studying it before returning in 2020.
The research includes shooting a projectile into the asteroid to blast open a crater so the explorer can collect rock samples from inside.
Asteroids can provide evidence not available on earth about the birth of the solar system and its evolution. Japan’s space agency said Hayabusa2 will explore the origin of seawater and how the planet earth was formed.