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Japanese space scientists have unveiled the asteroid hunting space probe they hope to launch later this year on a mission to mine a celestial body.
The probe, named Hayabusa-2, is expected to be flung into space in December on a four year voyage to the asteroid 1999JU3.
When it gets there, some time in 2018, it will release a powerful cannon which will fire a metal bullet at the asteroid's barren crust, once the probe itself has scuttled to safety on the far side of the rock.
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