A Japanese space agency reported that it successfully threw a small bomb on the asteroid in order to understand the history of the solar system.
The Japanese Aerospace Research Agency (JAXA) said its Hayabusa2 spacecraft detonated a copper explosive, also known as the Small Surveyor for Survey (SCI), on the Ryugu Asteroid on Friday.
SCI weighs about 2 kg (4.4 pounds) and is the size of baseball, reports The Associated Press.
Hayabusa2 released SCI about 500 meters above the Ryugu surface around 11:13 am U.S. time (02:13 UTC), JAXA wrote a tweet .
The purpose of the explosion is to create an artificial crater on Ryugu. Currently JAXA is investigating whether a crater was able to be created.
It was expected that the copper plate at the bottom of the moon will turn into a mantle when it falls from the spacecraft and hit the Ruhu at a distance of 2 km. in a second, said AP He intended to break into the asteroid 1
The mission was incredibly risky for Hayabusa2, because it was supposed to go immediately to hide on the other side of the asteroid so that
JAXA is currently waiting for an explosive image to be transmitted back to Earth. It is not entirely clear how long it will take.
If everything goes according to the plan, JAXA plans to send Hayabusa2 back to the asteroid later, when dust and debris stagnate from the explosion, AP said.
The agency hopes to assemble Ryugu underground samples that may contain organic matter and water, which could indicate the sources of the solar system, according to the Japanese newspaper Kyodo News.
Hayabusa2 and the samples she collected
In September last year, JAXA landed two Ryojo robots and also a Hayabusa2 mission – making Japan the first country in the world to land rovers on an asteroid.
Hayabusa2 also succeeded in February with a flat surface on Ryu and collected surface dust and rubbish.
The mission leader, Martos Yoshikawa, said, according to the AP: "So far, Hayabusa2 has done everything as planned and we are happy. we still have more missions to achieve, and it's too early for us to celebrate with banzai. "
Banzai is a traditional Japanese cry that desires ten thousand years of long life.
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