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Japan's Hayabusa2, seen in this illustration, has been probing the asteroid Ryugu since 2018. The spacecraft is collecting samples that will be returned to Earth. JAXA/Akihiro Ikeshita hide caption

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Japan (Very Carefully) Drops Plastic Explosives Onto An Asteroid

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Roughly the size of a shoebox, the Mascot lander safely settled onto the surface of the Ryugu asteroid. It's seen here in an artist's rendering of the craft released by Germany's DLR aerospace agency. DLR hide caption

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