Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft has been hanging around the asteroid known as Ryugu for several months now. It first arrived in late 2018 and, in February, fired a projectile into it surface to collect a sample from the rock. It still has plenty of work to do but things are moving along nicely.
Now, after learning more about the asteroid itself, Japanese scientists believe they know where the object originated, narrowing down its possible asteroid "parents" to a pair of larger rocks. Conclusively determining Ryugu's origins won't be easy, but the color of the asteroid has helped researchers narrow things down quite a bit.
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