The probe fired a pellet into the surface of the asteroid Ryugu to try to capture dust from its surface

A Japanese spacecraft has successfully touched down on a speeding asteroid 300m kilometres from the Earth as it attempts an audacious manoeuvre to collect samples and bring them back for scientists to study.

The Hayabusa 2 probe touched down on the asteroid Ryugu at around 11:30pm GMT on Thursday. Data from the probe showed changes in speed and direction, indicating it had touched down on the asteroid, according to officials from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

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