Japan forced to delay touchdown of asteroid probe because it’s too darn rough

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Japan's Hayabusa-2 asteroid probe has already completed a number of scientific firsts. It successfully entered orbit around the Ryugu asteroid, deployed a pair of rovers and a sensor-packed instrument cube to send back data about the rock, and delivered the very first images snapped from the surface of an asteroid.

Unfortunately, those anticipating the probe performing its most impressive feat will now need to wait several more months. The Japanese space program JAXA reveals that the probe's touchdown on the asteroid will take place in late January of 2019 instead of later this month, which was the original timeline.

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Japan forced to delay touchdown of asteroid probe because it’s too darn rough originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 11 Oct 2018 at 18:06:19 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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