Japan readies asteroid probe for lift off

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TOKYO: Japan will send a space probe this weekend on a six-year mission to mine a distant asteroid, just weeks after a European spacecraft’s historic landing on a comet captivated the world’s attention. Hayabusa2 is set to blast off aboard Japan’s main H-IIA rocket from Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan on Sunday. The $260 million project is sending the kit towards the unpoetically-named 1999 JU3 asteroid in deep space.

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