THROUGH THE EYES OF A ROBOT, SCIENTISTS SEE AN ASTEROID IN UNPRECEDENTED DETAIL | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: DENY X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

THROUGH THE EYES OF A ROBOT, SCIENTISTS SEE AN ASTEROID IN UNPRECEDENTED DETAIL

ON FEBRUARY 21, 2019, Japanese astronomers performed a theft that made history. A Japanese spacecraft touched down on asteroid Ryugu, quickly snatched a piece of the space rock and fled the scene.

The act was caught on camera, and in May of this year, scientists from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency released the footage, giving us our first up-close-and-personal encounter with the surface of an asteroid. As the year comes to a close, researchers around the world are starting to look forward to getting even closer — by analyzing the sample itself.

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