Now we know what it looks like when a spaceship ejected a bomb into an asteroid.
Earlier in April, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) directed his space ship Hayabusa2 to throw an explosive in the asteroid Ryugu of about 1,640 feet (500 meters) above its surface.
Now, JAXA has released a video from the launch of the ship in terms of the spacecraft – and although the vessel takes over the cover before the impact, the video still provides a stunning view of the surface of the asteroid.
This video shows a small carry-on impactor (SCI) shot from images taken at intervals of 2 seconds immediately after separation from Hayabusa2 from the TIR (Thermal Infrared Camera). In the background you can see the surface of Ryugu 500 meters. pic.twitter.com/O5niPDb2XI
– [email protected] (@ Haya2e_jaxa) April 21, 2019
According to the ESA press release, the researchers behind the mission expect the bombings to have created Ryugu's "distinctive crater".
They hope to extract some of the underground material thrown out of the bombings so they can analyze it on Earth after the spacecraft returns to the ground.
The plan is now to send Hayabusa2 back to the site of the asteroid bombing on Thursday to investigate and take pictures – so even though we do not know what an atheroid that has been bombed seems to be, we may not have to wait long to understand.
This article was originally published by Futurism. Read the original article.