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TOKYO – Japan's spacecraft touched a distant asteroid on Friday on a mission to collect material that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth.

Employees at the Japanese Aerospace Agency Agency's control center on Friday approved a signal sent out of the space that indicated that Hayabusa2 spacecraft had touched.

During the touchdown, Hayabusa2 is programmed to extend a hose and shoot an object similar to a ball in the asteroid to blow material under the surface. If that succeeds, then the craft would collect samples to be sent back to the Earth in the long run. Three such exchanges have been planned.

Japanese Education Minister, Masahiko Shibayama, said the space agency had come to the conclusion of data after the first exchanges that the samples to collect samples were successfully performed.

October 25, 2018, the photo provided by the Japan Aerospace Research Agency (JAXA) shows Ryugu asteroid.

JAXA via AP

JAXA, as the Japanese space agency is aware, has made sure the touching efforts to try to grow on a basketball pitch from the operational location of the 20km spacecraft (12 miles) above the asteroid.

The asteroid, named in Ryugu after an underground palate in Japanese flats, is about 900 meters (3,000 feet) in diameter and 280 million kilometers (170 million miles) of Earth.

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