He began his descent on February 21, 6 in the Japanese time, photographing what he saw when he approached the asteroid. This photo was one of the last ones she shot before she released the ball:
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– Gene J. Mikulka, CC (@ genejm29) February 21, 2019
Here is an edited version of this video, which JAXA has just shown where a tantalum bullet is burned to the surface. pic.twitter.com/mCLkBoWK94
– Jason Davis (@jasonrdavis) February 21, 2019
This operation was scheduled to take place in October, but a ground-based group discovered from the surface of Ryu , has a lot more gravel than they thought. They had to carry out experiments in the laboratory before they gave the operation. Now that this attempt has proven successful, they expect that later this year they will shoot an explosive in the asteroid to create a crater and collect additional fragments.
Hayabusa2 plans to leave Ryugu in December 2019 and return home a year later. The samples it returns can shed light on what the early solar system was and could give us more information about the possibility that asteroids sowed the Earth with organic matter that led to life on our planet.