The Japanese space agency announced today that its Spacebus-2 was able to create a man-made crater on an asteroid that changed the surface of the body for the first time.
"It's a great success."
This image taken by a camera detached from the Hayabusa2 probe space shows rocks on the asteroid Ryugu flying up three seconds after hitting the surface hit. Japan wanted to blow a crater across the rock to collect some samples from the material below, and early observations suggested that it mark its mark as planned. "It could mean there is a scientific mechanism that we do not know or anything special about Ryugu's materials," said the professor. Blow up a hole in an asteroid without destroying the spacecraft itself – and without the force of the thrusting shot Hiabusa 2 Back to Space – JAXA has equipped the spacecraft with an explosive charge-like charge that it releases into space over the surface of the asteroid. The agency compared images of the asteroid face before and after the shooting of the slug to determine the presence of a man-made crater. Now, after the initial approval, the agency showed the world exactly what an explosion on the share of debris space seems to be.
Of Japan Hiabusa 2 The purpose of the mission is to shed light on how the solar system has evolved. However, the impact of solar wind has eroded across the Ryugu asteroid, making it inevitable to dig deep to collect such materials. "Hayabusa-2" was launched in December 2014 from a space port on the Japanese island of Tangashima.
Jiba's Hayabusa Two Testing is about the mission to study the ancient Ryugu asteroid in an effort to help scientists better understand the origins of the universe.
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Hiabusa 2 Is scheduled to return to Earth in 2020, according to the Japanese aviation agency.
JAXA said that he was surprised at the size of the crater, Which moves over an area of 66 meters (20 meters) and that Hiabusa 2 Will examine the location of impact in the near future.
The spacecraft will land on the rocky asteroid to collect samples of sand, gravel and stones in the crater at the end of May.
Ryugu, an Asteroid C type, contains traces of water and organic matter, and it is hoped that this material analysis will reveal what the prerequisites were as the solar system was formed around 4.6 billion years ago.