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Japan's Hayabusa2 space probe made its second touchdown on a distant asteroid Thursday, in a bid to collect mineral samples that could reveal more about the solar system's evolution.Its main mission was to observe and sample the surface of Ryugu, an asteroid some 300 million kilometers from Earth that is believed to be relatively unchanged since the solar system was formed some 4.6 billion years ago.The probe is expected to drop a re-entry capsule containing its samples back to Earth in late 2020 .The earlier probe returned with dust samples from a smaller, potato-shaped asteroid in 2010, despite various setbacks during its epic seven-year odyssey, and was hailed as a scientific triumph.There have been suggestions, however, that the probe could see its mission extended.
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