Thursday , August 18 2022

Japan space ship to try to land on a distant asteroid


This image of Ryugu asteroid was taken with Hayabusa2's ONC-T (Mobile Camera-Optical Telescopic) on October 15, 2018 at a height of 42 meters. The resolution relates to 4.6 millimeters per pixel, and this is the highest resolution taken by Hayabusa2 spacecraft. Here is the highest resolution image on which a spacecraft has taken asteroid. Credit: JAXA, University of Tokyo, University of Kochi, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji Univeristy, Aizu University, and AIST

Japan's spacecraft approaches an asteroid surface about 280 million kilometers (170 million miles) of Earth.

The Japan Aerospace Agency reported on Thursday that Hayabusa2 started its approach at 1:15 p.m.

The start was deferred for approximately five hours for a security check, but unmanned craft still has to touch as scheduled on Friday morning.

It will try to collect asteroid material that could provide clues for the origin of the solar system and life on Earth.

Cleaning will need to be cleared. Hayabusa2 aims to strip 6 meters in height (20ft) to avoid barriers to the surface of the asteroid.

The asteroid is approximately 900 meters (3,000 feet) in diameter. I'm named in Ryugu after an underground palace in Japanese fiction.

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