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Japan launches asteroid lander Hayabusa 2

  • 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.

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