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Thread: Osiris-Rex mission to bring back samples from astroid Bennu

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superluminal View Post
    September 2023. Maybe a little early to speculate, but are there any plans to go to another target after it drops off its cargo?
    Not that I know off but Japan's Hayabusa2 will do just that.

    https://www.space.com/japan-asteroid...busa2-extended

    The Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2 is currently making its round-trip return from an asteroid, bringing pieces of the space rock back to Earth. But instead of ending its run with that cosmic delivery, after dropping off its precious parcel, the spacecraft will swing back out into space to visit another rocky destination.

    After Hayabusa2 delivers its samples of asteroid Ryugu to Earth in December, the craft will head off toward a new asteroid target: 1998 KY26, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said in a statement. The spacecraft should reach the new asteroid in 2031.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superluminal View Post
    September 2023. Maybe a little early to speculate, but are there any plans to go to another target after it drops off its cargo?
    Hopefully we’re around to pick up and study it, one never knows these days...
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