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Online drive launched to collect support messages for Hayabusa 2 asteroid probe

This screen capture shows the website of the Planetary Society of Japan that is inviting the submission of encouraging messages for the Hayabusa 2 probe of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency that is expected to land on the asteroid Ryugu.

The Planetary Association of Japan has launched an online campaign to collect encouraging messages for the Hayabusa 2 probe of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) that is expected to make its first landing on the asteroid Ryugu as early as mid-February.

Up to 100 characters per message can be sent to the association's website until Feb. 11 at http://planetary.jp/hayabusa2/message_touchdown/index.html

According to the website, the association will select representative messages from the entries, paste them on a piece of paper, and send it to the JAXA project team managing the mission.

Landing and sample collection procedures on Ryugu, which will be conducted in the week beginning Feb. 18, were postponed in October last year to make thorough preparations after the JAXA team found that the surface of the asteroid, which is now located between Earth and Mars, is very rocky and finding a safe landing spot is a challenge.

(Mainichi)

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