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Stunning moment Japan's Hayabusa2 probe swoops just 30 FEET above asteroid's...


An amazing photo shows the moment Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft swooped down to 30 feet above the surface of an asteroid — so close you can see its shadow.

The snap was taken in the middle of a manoeuvre to drop a target marker on the surface of the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu.

The image is the latest stunner to come back from the Hayabusa2 mission, which previously landed two rovers on the asteroid in a world's first.

The Japanese asteroid explorer spacecraft, Hayabusa2, was in the process of dropping a target marker on Ryugu when the photo was taken on May 30, 2019.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) reported that Hayabusa2 was 30 feet (9 metres) above the rocky asteroid's surface at the time.

'The shadow of the spacecraft is clearly visible,' a JAXA spokesperson wrote of the photograph on Twitter.

'And the small black point shown below the shadow of the spacecraft body is the shadow of the target marker,' they added.

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