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Spacecraft detonates 'bomb' on asteroid

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Japanese spacecraft detonates 'bomb' on asteroid in attempt to discover origins of the solar system

The Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2 has detonated an explosive on the surface of an asteroid it is exploring.

It is the first time it has blasted the surface with the hope being the crater created will pave the way for the collection of samples that will shed light on the origin of the solar system.

The Friday mission has been the riskiest yet for Hayabusa2 because it had to dodge flying shards from the blast.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said Hayabusa2 dropped a small explosive box which sent a copper ball the size of a baseball slamming into the asteroid and the spacecraft remained intact.

"The mission was a success," JAXA project manager Yuichi Tsuda said. "It is highly likely to have made a crater."

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/japanese-spacecraft-detonates-bomb-on-asteroid-in-attempt-to-discover-origins-of-the-solar-system-a4110816.html


 

 

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susieice

I hope it doesn't knock it off it's path.

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24 minutes ago, susieice said:

I hope it doesn't knock it off it's path.

 

I dont think it was big enough susie

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Hayabusa2 dropped a small explosive box which sent a copper ball the size of a baseball slamming into the asteroid and the spacecraft remained intact.

 

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EBE Hybrid

There's the premise for a good sci-fi movie, or at the very least an awesome Dr Who Xmas special. An alien probe finds voyager 1 and the AI that controls the probe follows Voyagers flight path back to the inner solar system.

The probe the detects hayabusa2, the AI decides that the impactor explosive is a weapon and then takes over hayabusa2, planting the explosive so that the asteroid is sent on a collision course with Earth. The AI has taken this decision to preserve peace and other galactic environmental concerns!

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qxcontinuum

I am intrigued by learning how advanced this mission is so far and going by the design. The probe has not just landed on asteroid speeding 4 times faster than the speed of a bulet but manages to detonate a bump jumping off then lands back collecting debris, flying back home. This is the most advanced sh��� I have read about so far!

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AllPossible

Wow I'm amazed at this type of technology. There's 4 small,rovers on an asteroid collecting data that gets returned to earth? Then they made an explosion in the asteroid. Am I Bruce Willis? What's going on here.That's just awesome. 

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