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Japanese spacecraft trying to land on a distant asteroid (Update)



  Japanese space vehicle for landing on a distant asteroid
This computer graphic representation provided by the Japanese Aerospace Research Agency (JAXA) shows that the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2 is approaching the Ryugu asteroid. Hayabusa2 is approaching the asteroid surface of about 280 million kilometers (170 million kilometers) from the Earth. JAXA said Thursday, February 21, 2019 that Hayabusa2 began his approach at 1
:15 pm (JAXA via AP, file)

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.

  Japanese space ship for an attempt to land on a distant asteroid
Japanese Aerospace Research Agency (JAXA), Hayabusa2 Project Monitoring Team for Security Testing at the Control Room at the JAXA Institute of Space and Astronautical Science at Sagamihara near Tokyo, Thursday, February 21 2019 Hayabusa2 is approaching the surface of the Ryugu asteroid, about 280 million kilometers (170 million miles) from the Earth. JAXA said Thursday that Hayabusa2 started his approach at 1:15 pm. (ISAS / JAXA via AP)

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.

On October 25, 2018, the image provided by the Japanese Aerospace Research Agency (JAXA) shows the Ryugu asteroid. The Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2 is approaching the asteroid surface of about 280 million kilometers (170 million kilometers) from the Earth. JAXA said Thursday, February 21, 2019 that Hayabusa2 began his approach at 1:15 pm. Shadow of Hayabusa2 is visible in the center over Ryuga. (JAXA via AP)


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