The Japanese Aerospace Research Agency (JAXA) has published this image this week, after it took place on February 20 and 22 on the surface of a distant aspheroid Ryugu. The Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2 made a brief landing, and its wide-angle optical navigational camera captured the image when the ship rose again from the surface of the asteroid. The shadow of the spacecraft is cold to see! All this happens 200 million miles (300 million km) from Earth, after all. Even more interesting ̵
This is an image made after # haya2_TD ! It was made from the wide-angle ONC-W1 on-board camera and shows the shadow of Hayabusa2 and the surface area that seems to have been discolored by landing. https://t.co/PEE6wfjDHE pic.twitter.com/UQoTNIQgIh
– HAYABUSA2 @ JAXA (@ haya2e_jaxa) February 25, 2019
Hayabusa-2 arrived in Ryugu in June 2018 Traveling for 2.9 billion kilometers (1.9 billion kilometers). The falling balls on the asteroid surface were the first of three such shells planned for this mission. The head of Hayabusa's mission2, Makoto Yosikava, commented last week that he believes that this technique of returning samples:
… will lead to a leap, or new discoveries, in planetary science.
Read more via JAXA
Summary: An image depicting landing marks on the Ryugu asteroid, from the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2.
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