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Tiny German Spacecraft Poised for Hopping Landing on Asteroid

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The Japanese Hayabusa2 mission is preparing to place a lander called MASCOT on the surface of the asteroid Ryugu.   

MASCOT's target zone is in the southern hemisphere of Ryugu, in a smooth area with a gentle day and night cycle that shouldn't hurt the lander. Temperatures there will range between 116 and minus 89 degrees Fahrenheit (47 degrees and minus 67 degrees Celsius).

To get there, Hayabusa2 will first take a dive. The spacecraft has orbited Ryugu from as high as about 12 miles (20 kilometers). But to release MASCOT, Hayabusa will zoom down to a nail-biting 200 feet (60 meters).

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I include these articles to lift our minds above the vapor of sleaze emanating from the sewer that Washington has become. While these extraordinary minds are accomplishing what I have concluded is our primary mission here on Earth, the rest of us are just screwing around, hopefully producing at least one in a million of the genius types we're going to need to get us out of here, and in the meantime keep these nefarious, incendiary loose chunks from the blue from hitting us and ending our fun down here.

The stuff going down in our capital is ephemeral, beneath the dignity of just about anyone, while the people maneuvering their remarkable inventions around asteroids are doing the forever work for which we were designed. So cheer for us, and try to erase the confusion of amoral beings robbing the till and making a mess of everything. We're terrific; and all that word implies!

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