Watch Japan's Hayabusa2 Grab a Piece of an Asteroid in This Incredible Video! | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Watch Japan's Hayabusa2 Grab a Piece of an Asteroid in This Incredible Video!

Japan's space agency completed a complicated touchdown maneuver at a distant space rock last month, and it has now released an incredible video from the spacecraft's point of view.

The spacecraft, Hayabusa2, is conducting a sample-return mission at a near-Earth asteroid called Ryugu, and last month's touchdown was perhaps the single most important maneuver of the mission. The new video shows what happened during the procedure, which occured on Feb. 21.

First, the spacecraft eases itself down toward the asteroid's rocky surface. Then, it immediately bounces back up, leaving a burst of flying rubble in its wake as it retreats up to safety.

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