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In Japan, launched a space probe, which should explore the mysteries of the development of the solar system and the birth of life
Japan launched the Hayabusa-2 space probe to the 1999JU3 asteroid using the N-2A launch vehicle from the Tanegashima cosmodrome in the south of the country, reports RIA News. The Aerospace Agency of Japan (JAXA) broadcast the launch live.
Hayabusa-2 is an apparatus measuring 1,5 by 1 by 1,6 meters and weighing 600 kilograms. He will have to help unravel the mysteries of the origin and development of the solar system and the origin of life.
Hayabusa-2 will land on the asteroid in 2018 and will stay there for a year and a half. At the end of 2019, he will embark on a return journey and return to Earth in 2020. The asteroid is 300 million kilometers away from the Earth, but due to the difficulty of hitting such a small (900 meters) space body, the probe will have to travel 5,2 billion kilometers in six years.