Saturday, August 21, 2010

Hayabusa 2 will seek the origins of life in space

A successor to Japan's Hayabusa spacecraft could launch as early as 2014 to explore the origins of life.

Hayabusa 2 like its predeccessor will visit an asteroid but this time it will be a much larger one and the mission will be geared towards finding organic molecules that might have seeded our planet with life.

A new-and-improved successor to the troubled Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa – which finally returned a capsule to Earth earlier this year – could launch as soon as 2014. Hayabusa 2 would then be expected to return in 2020, bearing clues to the origin of life on Earth.

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