Japanese probe lands on distant asteroid Jul 12, 2019 0 1758 12345 Tokyo: Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe made a “perfect” touchdown Thursday on a distant asteroid, collecting samples from beneath the surface in an unprecedented mission that could shed light on the origins of the solar system.“We’ve collected a part of the solar system’s history,” project manager Yuichi Tsuda said at a jubilant press conference hours after the successful landing was confirmed.“We have never gathered sub-surface material from a celestial body further away than the Moon,” he added.“We did it and we succeeded in a world first.” The fridge-sized probe made its second landing on the asteroid around 10:30am (0130GMT), with officials from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) breaking into applause and cheers as initial data suggested the touchdown had been a success.Confirmation of the landing came only after Hayabusa2 lifted back up from the asteroid and resumed communications with the control room. Research director Takashi Kubota told reporters that the touchdown operation was “more than perfect.”And Tsuda, with a grin, said he rated it “1000 points out of 100.” “The probe moved perfectly and the team’s preparation work was perfect,” he said. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES US, Britain will ‘strongly regret’ oil tanker seizure: Iran Guards Jul 12, 2019 0 1841 Israeli troops kill fighter on Gaza border: Hamas Jul 12, 2019 0 338 Clashes kill more than 80 fighters in northwest Syria Jul 12, 2019 0 334 Four killed in blasts at funeral in Libya dpa Benghazi Four people were killed in three back-to-back explosions during the funeral of an ex-military commander in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi on Thursday, an army official said. Twenty-six others were .. Sanctions widen US assault on Lebanon, says Hezbollah Reuters BEIRUT Lebanon’s Hezbollah said on Thursday that new US sanctions against three of its officials, including two MPs, have widened Washington’s assault on Lebanon. The move marks the first time the United States .. 11 dead as boat capsizes in Niger AFP Niamey Eleven people drowned Thursday when their boat capsized on a river in central Niger, the governor of the region said. The accident happened near the town of Maradi, said governor Zakari Oumarou of the Maradi .. Clashes rock volatile C Africa area after vendor’s killing Bangui: Clashes rocked a volatile Muslim-majority area of the Central African Republic capital Bangui for a second day Thursday in tit-for-tat violence after a vendor was killed by a local militia. The PK5 district has .. EU mulls adding Saudi Arabia to money-laundering grey list: Sources Reuters BRUSSELS The European Union is preparing an overhaul of its listing of countries that pose money-laundering risks, an EU confidential document shows, a review that could allow Saudi Arabia to be moved to a new ..