Japan launches asteroid lander Hayabusa 2
December 3 , 2014
Japan has launched a space probe on a six-year trip that will see it land on an asteroid and collect samples after blowing a hole in it, before returning to Earth, according to media reports.
The probe named Hayabusa 2 comes weeks after a probe of the European Space Agency landed on a comet.
However, the effectiveness of the European mission is in question after the solar-powered lander is without power in an area where sunlight is blocked.