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Japan probe Hayabusa2 lands on distant asteroid

The Ryugu asteroid is believed to contain clues about the origin of lifeA Japanese probe was sent to collect samples from an asteroid 300 million kilometers away for clues about the origin of life and the solar system landed successfully on Friday, researchers said. Hayabusa2 briefly moved on the Ryugu asteroid, fired a bullet into the surface to push up dust for collection and burst back to its stop, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency officials (JAXA) said. A live webcast of the control room showed dozens of JAXA employees nervously monitoring data before the touchdown before they exploded in applause after receiving a signal from Hayabusa2 that it had landed. "We managed with a good touchdown, including shooting a bullet" into Ryugu asteroid, Yuichi Tsuda, project manager Hayabusa2, told reporters. "We made the perfect touchdown under the best conditions," he said. The complicated procedure took less time than expected and seemed to go without the hitch Hayabusa2 Mission Manager Makoto Yoshikawa. "I'm really relieved now. It felt very long until the moment the blow hit," he said. He said the bullet was fired &#821 1; the first of three plan oaths in this mission "will lead to a hope or new discoveries in planetary science". The asteroid is believed to contain relatively large amounts of organic matter and water from about 4.6 billion years ago when the solar system was born. The main stage of Japan's Hayabusa2 space mission, due to land on asteroid Ryugu Friday, February 22.During a later mission,…



The Ryugu asteroid is believed to contain clues about the origin of life

A Japanese probe was sent to collect samples from an asteroid 300 million kilometers away for clues about the origin of life and the solar system landed successfully on Friday, researchers said.

Hayabusa2 briefly moved on the Ryugu asteroid, fired a bullet into the surface to push up dust for collection and burst back to its stop, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency officials (JAXA) said.

A live webcast of the control room showed dozens of JAXA employees nervously monitoring data before the touchdown before they exploded in applause after receiving a signal from Hayabusa2 that it had landed.

“We managed with a good touchdown, including shooting a bullet” into Ryugu asteroid, Yuichi Tsuda, project manager Hayabusa2, told reporters.

“We made the perfect touchdown under the best conditions,” he said.

The complicated procedure took less time than expected and seemed to go without the hitch Hayabusa2 Mission Manager Makoto Yoshikawa.

“I’m really relieved now. It felt very long until the moment the blow hit,” he said.

He said the bullet was fired &#821

1; the first of three plan oaths in this mission “will lead to a hope or new discoveries in planetary science”.

The asteroid is believed to contain relatively large amounts of organic matter and water from about 4.6 billion years ago when the solar system was born.



The main stage of Japan’s Hayabusa2 space mission, due to land on asteroid Ryugu Friday, February 22.

During a later mission, Hayabusa2 will eventually extinguish a “butcher” to blast material under Ryuguan’s surface, causing the collection of “fresh” materials to be exposed for decades of wind and radiation.

Researchers hope that these samples can answer some basic questions about life and the universe, including whether elements from space contributed to giving rise to life on earth.

Former queen robes and space fan Brian May tweeted: “Hurray. Brilliant success in touchdown on Ryugu.” [19659005] Spinning-top form

Communication with Hayabusa2 is interrupted sometimes because its antennas do not always point to the earth and it may take several days to confirm that the ball is actually fired to allow the collection of samples.

The mission has not been simply sailing and the probe’s landing was originally planned for last year.

But it was driven back after investigations found asteroid surfing aces were more robust than originally thought, which forced JAXA to take more time to find a suitable landing site.



Researchers now point to the data being sent 300 million kilometers back to earth

The Hayabusa2 mission, with a price tag of about $ 30 billion ($ 270 million), was launched in December 2014 and is scheduled to return to Earth with its samples by 2020.

Pictures of Ryugu that means “Dragon Palace “in Japanese and refers to a castle at the bottom of the sea in an ancient Japanese history show, an asteroid shaped like a spinning top with a rough surface.

Hayabusa2 observes the surface of the asteroid with its camera and sensing equipment, but has also sent two small MINERVA II rover robots and the French-German robot MASCOT to facilitate surface observation.

Researchers have already received data from these probes used on the surface of the asteroid.

That about the size of a large refrigerator, Hayabusa2 is equipped with solar panels and is the successor to JAXA’s first asteroid explorer, Hayabusa Japanese for falcon.

That probe returned from a smaller, potato-shaped asteroid in 2010 with dust samples that various backlashes during its epic seven-year Odyssey and was hailed as a scientific triumph.


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