Hayabusa2 to fly on to another asteroid after current mission
Kyodo -- Jul 22
Space probe Hayabusa2 will head on to an asteroid orbiting between Earth and Mars after completing its current mission later this year, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Tuesday.

The probe will make about a 10-year journey to one of two asteroids being considered as candidates. It will not land on the asteroid but observe it by passing nearby, JAXA said.

The agency will decide by this fall whether the destination is the asteroid "2001AV43" or "1998KY26" -- both measuring tens of meters in diameter and rotating rapidly.

The mission is also collecting data that could help put in place a policy on ways to stop an approaching asteroid from hitting Earth in the future, it said.

「はやぶさ2」が、再び10年かけて新たな小惑星の探査に向かうことになりました。  小惑星探査機のはやぶさ2は、小惑星「リュウグウ」から採取した地表物質を入れたカプセルを12月に地球に投下しますが、その後、再び別の探査に向かうことになりました。22日、最終候補となった2つの小惑星が発表されました。2つの小惑星はいずれも約10分周期で自転していて、直径が30メートルから40メートルあります。今後、おおむね10年かけて到達する見込みです。JAXA(宇宙航空研究開発機構)によりますと、どちらの小惑星の探査に向かうかは秋までに決定するということです。

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