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Hayabusa 2 places landers on Ryugu

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Vlad the Mighty

I bet that hardly anyone (those who don't subscribe to space news bulletins) even knows that Japan even has a space program. 

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OverSword
10 hours ago, Vlad the Mighty said:

I bet that hardly anyone (those who don't subscribe to space news bulletins) even knows that Japan even has a space program. 

You think so? I’ve been into any space related subject since I was a kid, but then again some people don’t even believe we walked on the moon.

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Seti42

Stanley Kubrick faked this too.

Wake up, sheeple! The only true path is flat earthism coupled with right wing fundamental biblical literalism. Ignorance isn't bliss! look at how angry we are!
 

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Not A Rockstar

I am eager to see the rest of this unfold, and hope it is successful. The idea of blowing a hole in it and bringing back chunks is fabulous :) 

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OverSword

Oh wow, I found a story that made the main page

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Silver Surfer

Japan is one hundred years ahead of any country on Earth. Don't believe me? Just go there. Sure beats taking the BART and walking 7kms through homeless people on arrival of San Francisco. 3rd world country America

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Jon the frog

Wow,that's cool ! Someone found a vid on the rover doing a hop in testing ?

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pallidin

Amazing.

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Still Waters
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A Japanese spacecraft has touched down on a distant asteroid on a mission to collect material that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system.

Workers at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency control centre applauded as a signal sent from space indicated the Hayabusa2 spacecraft had touched down.

https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2019/02/22/japanese-spacecraft-touches-down-on-distant-asteroid/

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Eldorado

Related news...

"A new image from Japan's Hayabusa-2 spacecraft reveals a dark splodge where it touched down on the surface of an asteroid last week.

The discolouration could have been caused by grit being blown upwards by the spacecraft's thrusters, or by the bullet it fired into the ground."

Pics and report: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-47359152

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Eldorado

"A movie captured by Japan's Hayabusa-2 spacecraft shows the moment it touched down on an asteroid.

The probe was attempting to grab a sample of rock from the 1km-wide body known as Ryugu, on 21 February (GMT).

The footage shows dusty fragments lifting up as the spacecraft fires a "bullet" at 300m/s into the surface."

Video at the BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-47459248

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bison

Its been revealed at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference that the Asteroid Ryugu, is very rocky, and relatively young as asteroids go, less than 100 million years old. It's also reported to be very dry, and is one of the darkest objects in the solar system. It's  thought to be of the 'rubble pile' class of asteroids, made of many loosely consolidated pieces, with a good deal of open space between them.        

The Hayabusa 2 probe will eventually fire a large projectile into the asteroid, leaving a 10 meter-wide, one meter-deep crater. This should turn up some deeper sample materials than those previously gotten. Hayabusa 2 will head back to Earth with its asteroid samples, starting near the end of the year, and take about a year to make the trip. 

Please find a link, below, to an article with further details:

https://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/hayabusa-2-asteroid-ryugu-young-dark-dry/  

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bison
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Hayabusa 2 is set to fire its large, crater-making projectile into asteroid Ryugu tomorrow, at 2:36 GMT. The projectile, made of a slightly curved copper plate will be formed into a cone by its explosive launch.

It will be launched from a detachable unit, while Hayabusa 2 retreats around to the back of the asteroid to avoid being struck by any of the flying debris. Once the dust settles, in a couple of weeks, they'll bring it back around to inspect the new crater. They hope to eventually land and collect samples from the crater and/or its surroundings.     

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The large  Hayabusa 2 projectile was successful in striking the surface of asteroid Ryugi. A deployable camera was just able to catch sight of the impact. A slight trace of debris could be seen rising from the surface of the asteroid. This debris appeared to rise at an angle, suggesting that the impactor may have struck an inclined surface, rather than flat terrain. There was only limited accuracy in selecting where the projectile would land. Given the possible slope, and the very low gravity on the asteroid, it's conceivable that the impact inadvertently caused a landslide. In a few weeks Hayabusa 2 will draw near and investigate the aftermath of the impact.  

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third_eye

That means Ultraman is on his way. tat tat tar rrrrr! 

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