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Japanese probe lands on asteroid in search for life's beginning

Hayabusa2 touches down 300 million km from Earth and digs for samples

An artist's rendering depicts Hayabusa2 digging into the surface of the asteroid Ryugu on Feb. 22. (Courtesy of JAXA)

TOKYO -- The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Friday that its Hayabusa2 probe had successfully touched down on the Ryugu asteroid, a delicate operation about 300 million kilometers from Earth.

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