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Hayabusa2 probe touches down on asteroid

Posted on Friday, 22 February, 2019 | Comment icon 11 comments

The landing was a complete success. Image Credit: J.R.C. Garry
The successful landing follows on from the deployment of two small rovers back in September of last year.
There was a great deal to celebrate at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) command center today as the spacecraft, which launched back in 2014, landed on the surface of Ryugu.

Part of the agency's ongoing MINERVA-II1 program, the probe has been equipped with a special instrument designed to fire a small projectile in to the surface and expel material from underneath.

Its ultimate goal is to collect a sample and return it to the Earth for further study.

"We made the ideal touchdown in the best conditions," said project manager Yuichi Tsuda.

If all goes well, the sample will be returned to Earth next year.

Source: AOL News | Comments (11)

Tags: Ryugu, Asteroid

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by OverSword on 22 September, 2018, 17:23
You think so? Ive been into any space related subject since I was a kid, but then again some people dont even believe we walked on the moon.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Seti42 on 22 September, 2018, 18:36
Stanley Kubrick faked this too. Wake up, sheeple! The only true path is flat earthism coupled with right wing fundamental biblical literalism. Ignorance isn'tbliss! look at how angry we are!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Not A Rockstar on 22 September, 2018, 21:53
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
Comment icon #5 Posted by OverSword on 22 September, 2018, 22:07
Oh wow, I found a story that made the main page
Comment icon #6 Posted by Silver Surfer on 23 September, 2018, 12:24
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
Comment icon #7 Posted by Jon the frog on 23 September, 2018, 13:37
Wow,that's cool ! Someone found a vid on the rover doing a hop in testing ?
Comment icon #8 Posted by pallidin on 23 September, 2018, 21:56
Comment icon #9 Posted by Still Waters on 21 February, 2019, 14:19
Comment icon #10 Posted by Eldorado on 25 February, 2019, 13:15
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
Comment icon #11 Posted by Eldorado on 5 March, 2019, 16:08
"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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