Japanese space probe shoots and lands successfully




on asteroid Ryugu
Japanese space agency says that the spacecraft Hayabusa2 has successfully landed on the asteroid Ryugu. The probe fired a projectile prior to landing, so that material from the asteroid could be collected on landing.

The Japanese space agency JAXA reports that on the basis of a data analysis it has been established that the spacecraft has successfully fired a projectile onto the asteroid and that Hayabusa2 is in a nominal state. This completes the landing on Ryugu successfully. The landing, which was necessary for collecting material, was short-lived; the probe is now again in orbit around the asteroid. In the coming weeks or months, Hayabusa2 will take the asteroid under fire twice to collect material from the bottom or the interior of the asteroid.

The soil material that the spacecraft successfully absorbed eventually goes back to Earth, where the probe has to arrive in December 2020. The material and the data derived from it should shed more light on the early history of our solar system and the role that carbon-rich asteroids such as Ryugu may have played in the birth of life on earth. It also involves the processes that occur in the asteroid. According to Japanese scientists of the project, it will yield a wealth of information.

The landing on the boulder had actually to take place in October last year, but that did not happen then, because it was seen that the surface was much more rocky than expected. In October last year, the German-French Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout with Hayabusa2 landed safely on the asteroid, just like two other robbers .

Hayabusa2 was launched in December 2014. The trip to asteroid 1999 JU3 Ryugu took about three and a half years. This is type C planetoid that is about 300 million kilometers away from the earth.

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