Homehttps://server7.kproxy.com/servlet/redirect.srv/sruj/smyrwpoii/p2/Sciencehttps://server7.kproxy.com/servlet/redirect.srv/sruj/smyrwpoii/p2/The Japanese probe lands an asteroid to take a sample – Spaceflight Now
The Japanese probe lands an asteroid to take a sample – Spaceflight Now
Japan's space ship Hayabusa 2 briefly landed on an asteroid Thursday more than 200 million miles from Earth and shot a bullet to collect a rocky pattern by successfully completing one of the mission's toughest maneuvers to return the asteroid sample of scientists. on Earth in December 2020.
The spacecraft stays on Ryugu's surface for just a few minutes before firing the thrusters to get out of the asteroid. Hayabusa 2 ground crew in Sagamihara, Japan, celebrates when the radio signals are back from the probe, indicating that the touch maneuver has triggered without problems, thanks to the engineers who have carefully planned – then re-planning – the landing of the spacecraft.
] "The hand of mankind today has reached a new star," says Yuichi Zuda, head of the Hayabusa 2 project at the Japan Aerospace Research Agency (JAXA), through an interpreter. "JAXA has been successful in Hayabusa 2 touchdown operation (s) in Ryugu, and sampling by Ryugu."
Working alone, Hayabusa 2 descended to Ryugu with an ice rhythm on Thursday, reaching its expected heights and speeds. prior to contact with the surface at 2229 GMT (5:29 pm EST). Nineteen minutes later, the change in the signal coming from Hayabusa 2 showed that it reached the surface and started its climb, causing applause from thoughtful scientists in the control room.
The probe's navigation system tracks the location of the target marker on the asteroid surface allowing Hayabusa 2 to fire its control aircraft by directing the vessel to a narrow landing area surrounded by dangerous stones.