Japanese Space Probe Reaches Asteroid Ryugu

July 2, 2018 6:22 pm Last Updated: July 2, 2018 6:22 pm

Digitaltrends reports that the Japanese space probe, Hayabusa 2, has finally reached its destination after a long 42-month journey.

The space probe arrived on the asteroid named Ryugu, formally known as Asteroid 162173. The asteroid is a near-Earth sized object and is about 200 million miles from Earth.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) confirmed the arrival of the space probe on June 27, 2018 in an announcement.
During the space probe’s mission, it will analyze the asteroid through various scientific observations and survey the asteroid for samples to collect.

Hayabusa 2 is expected to return to Earth in 2020 with sample sands from Ryugu for scientists to study.