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A pair of tiny hopping rovers are about to land on an asteroid

Japan's space agency (JAXA) is preparing to deploy two robotic explorers to the surface of an asteroid. On Friday, the Hayabusa-2 spacecraft will dispatch a pair of "rovers" to the 1kilometer-wide space rock known as Ryugu.

After two years, NASA's OSIRIS-REx closes in on asteroid Bennu

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has met another milestone in its seven-year mission. OSIRIS began its final approach toward the 1,650-foot-wide space rock on August 17, officially beginning its "asteroid operations" phase.

Asteroid explorer Hayabusa2 spacecraft reaches its destination

The Japanese spacecraft, Hayabusa2 arrived at the asteroid Ryugu Wednesday after a nearly four-year journey to undertake the first-ever sampling of newly unearthed material from an asteroid.

Japanese spacecraft closes to within 920 km of asteroid Ryugu

Hayabusa2, JAXA's asteroid explorer, and the MASCOT lander, developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the French space agency (CNES) have been traveling through space since December 2014. The intrepid spacecraft is now 920 km from its target.

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