April 23, 2019, 08:10
Updated April 23, 2019 9:42 pm
A probe from the Japanese space agency, JAXA, announced this month for the success of a mission phase that consisted of launching a charge against the Ryugu asteroid to drill the surface and get a sample.
The Hayabusa2 vessel has been exploring the rock body for one year to select the area of contact. The idea of the project is to return to Earth an example of the asteroid to explore its composition, which could shed light on the first years of the universe.
The video consists of a series of photographs made by the ship when it drops a projectile approaching the rocky surface at a speed of 2 kilometers per second.
The photos are made 500 meters from the position where Hayabusa2 was found when the "punch element" was released. These captures will also serve the team of scientists who will analyze the results of the mission in order to understand the interior of Ryugu.
The next JAXA project in this asteroid consists of releasing a small rover on the surface of the celestial body and sampling, which will then be transferred to Earth for analysis, an ambitious project that can provide valuable information for the formation of a universe.
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
– HAYABUSA2 @ JAXA (@ haya2e_jaxa) April 21, 2019