Japan's Hayabusa-2 probe is to begin year-long journey back to Earth after 'unprecedented' mission to collect soil samples from an asteroid that could shed light on the origins of the Solar System | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Japan's Hayabusa-2 probe is to begin year-long journey back to Earth after 'unprecedented' mission to collect soil samples from an asteroid that could shed light on the origins of the Solar System

Hayabusa-2 was launched in 2014 by the Japanese Space Agency JAXA with the aim of bringing samples from under the soil of an asteroid back to Earth.

The probe was sent 186 million miles from Earth to the asteroid Ryugu, whose name means 'Dragon Palace' in Japanese.

If the return goes to plan it will be the first space mission to successfully return rock samples from under the surface of an asteroid to the Earth.

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