Japanese astronomers from the Hayabusa-2 probe mission boasted a new movie from the second successful landing of the vehicle on Ryugu’s potentially terrestrial planetoid. Here’s the recording.
The first landing took place on February 21 this year and the second on July 11. Between the first and the second, there was also a bombing of the cosmic rock with a kinetic charge. Thanks to all three of these tasks, the scientists took valuable samples of the Ryugu surface.
A thorough examination of them will take place on Earth, as the probe will soon embark on a return journey to our planet. Obtained extremely valuable information will allow us to not only develop technologies that will give us a chance to protect against cosmic rocks, but also allow us to get to know the turbulent past of the formation of celestial bodies and the Earth and the flowering of biological life on it.
The Japanese believe that objects like Ryugu, before billions of years, could bring to Earth and initiate the flourishing of life as we know it. If in reality it was as they suggest, then life in the Universe may be more common than we think. It must be emphasized here that this object belongs also to the Apollo group, which means that in the future it may pose a threat to our planet.
The place of the second landing was the area of the crater, which was created as a result of the impact of the impactor from the Japanese probe in April this year. This was the first bombardment of the planetoid in the history of mankind. We would like to remind you that the Small Carry-on Impactor (SCI) impactor is a 2.5 kilogram copper block that was formed under the influence of the explosion of 4.5 kilograms of HMX plastic explosive. It collided with the asteroid at a speed of about 2 km / s and led to the formation of a crater with a diameter of 10 meters.
During the latest landing, the vehicle collected further dust and rock samples from the surface of the facility. The Hayabusa-2 probe will provide collected samples from the entire 100 milligram mission to Earth for more thorough research. Therefore, this mission is considered historical. The probe should start returning to Earth in December 2019. The samples should fall into the hands of scientists a year later.