Japan Mission Hayabusa2 For the asteroid, Ryugu is ambitious at first, and the team recently made a decision to increase bets through the second landing on the surface of the space rock. Not only is everything going as planned, but we now have the best shots of the surface of the asteroid that will be returned to Earth.
Hayabusa2 Is a very wonderful task. The basic idea is:
- Fly to the nearby asteroid
- Land and surface sample
- Explosion of a hole in the space cannon
- Earth and sample pit
- Send the resulting samples to the ground
Great, right? The bold spacecraft completed Step 4 earlier in the day, where some stunning images took them while they were learning. This was captured at the very moment that it hit the surface:
There was no guarantee that this would happen, the JAXA team that runs Hayabusa2 pointed out in a recent blog post. Any number of things can lead to a second landing either a great risk or not worth the trouble. Fortunately, they concluded that the danger was acceptable and that this would be an important achievement in many ways.
The previous sample was taken from Ryugo's turbulent surface, more or less as was the case for many years. But then came the space gun – a 2-kilogram copper bullet blasted by about 4,400 miles per hour. I made a hole, all right! The probe sailed to the other side of the asteroid so as not to be exposed to any debris.
What is revealed is a surface that has not been sampled by humans or robots – the soft bottom layer of an asteroid. He could tell us a lot, so the team decided to go for it. This is basically wonderful and historical.
In a brief update, JAXA provided a few successful landing images: 4 seconds ago, instant effect, 4 seconds later. It does not stay for long, as it bounces off the surface more than "land". You've grouped them into the animation you see above. Some other shots appear in the area before the vehicle descends.
There is no more information than this at the moment, where a more detailed analysis will follow, illustrating the location of the Hayabusa2 mission. At the moment, just taste your look on the faces of the team after this amazing achievement: