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Japan’s Hayabusa2 Asteroid Journey Ends With a Hunt in Australia’s Outback – The New York Times

The Hayabusa2 mission cements Japan’s role in exploring the solar system, but finding its asteroid cargo presents one last challenge.



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In an interview, Makoto Yoshikawa, the mission manager, said there is an uncertainty of about 10 kilometers, or about six miles, in pinpointing where the capsule will re-enter the atmosphere. At an altitude of six miles, the capsule will release a parachute, and where it will drift as it descends will add to the uncertainty.
The landing place depends on the wind on that day, Dr. Yoshikawa said. The area that searchers might have to cover could stretch some 60 miles, he said.
The trail of the fireball…

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