A Japanese spacecraft began its approach on Thursday to a distant asteroid on a mission to collect material that could give hints about the origin of the solar system and life on Earth.
The descent of Hayabusa2 has been delayed for about ninety hours for security checking, but an unmanned spacecraft still has to be affected, as scheduled on the morning of the morning, the Japanese Aerospace Research Agency said.
During a touchdown that lasts just seconds, Hayabusa2 pulls out a pipe and shoots a pinball-shaped ball into the asteroid to blow the material out of the surface. If all goes well, the vessel will collect samples, which eventually will be sent back to Earth. Attempts are the first of three landings planned.
A short landing will be difficult due to the uneven and boulder-covered surface. Hayabusa2 is aiming for a circle of 6 meters (20 feet) in diameter to avoid obstacles. Space agency controllers will direct their approach to 500 meters above the surface of the asteroid, after which it will be in itself, because teams from the Earth need 20 minutes to get to the ship.
JAXA, a Japanese space agency known, compared the landing in a circle with a landing at a baseball mound at a height of 20 kilometers (6 miles) above the asteroid.
An Asteroid, called Ryu, after a submarine palace in a Japanese fairy tale, is about 900 meters (3000 feet) in diameter and 280 million kilometers (170 million miles) from Earth.
The Japanese probe Hayabusa2 landed on the asteroid on February 22nd