Japanese Space Probe Lands Successfully on Ryugu Asteroid

You might be well-aware of the fact that since June 2018, Japan’s Space Agency (JAXA) has been in a cosmic chase with one of the top asteroid, Ryugu. It has been planning to fire a shot at the asteroid in order to grab a sample of it. Now, the latest news that comes up from the Japanese space agency is that their space probe has successfully fired a bullet shot and has been able to grab a sample of dirt from the asteroid’s surface.
The precious sample that has been grabbed by Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft from asteroid Ryugu is going to be analyzed by scientists. It would help them to learn a lot about the chemical makeup of the rocks, along with the materials that were present during the early days of the solar System.
Hayabusa 2 space capsule which is operated by Japan space agency JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) landed successfully on the probably dicey asteroid Ryugu on 22nd February just before 3 pm PT.
Hayabusa2 was devised to make it land on the rocky asteroid and grab a sample from its surface within a matter of minutes. In order to carry it out, Hayabusa2 dived into position just above the surface and shelled a tantalum bullet at the asteroid at around 650 miles per hour to kick-up dust and debris. The team had earlier aroused this process on Earth and crossed their fingers so that everything goes well 180 million miles away, from Earth.
The landing site of Hayabusa 2 on the asteroid was close to the equator, just east of Brabo crater. It is being hoped that Hayabusa 2 would bring back 10 to 100 milligrams of dust for study. It’s not clear how much dust and debris the space capsule was able to gather. As there are no detectors or sensors on board that could tell appropriately what material has been picked up by the Hayabusa 2 space capsule. However, the agency stated that every move went as per plan and that Hayabusa-2 made the command to fire its bullet as anticipated. This makes them somewhat certain that the space probe has some samples in its belly.

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