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Japan Sends Another Spacecraft to Ryugu the Asteroid


Japanese scientists have been working pretty hard lately on the space projects and recently they successfully landed a spacecraft on the distant asteroid named Ryugu not for the first time as it was their second time. The reason they sent the other craft was that Japan was already working on a mission for exploring the origins of the solar system.

Image Credit: JAXA, Chiba Institute of Technology & collaborators

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced the news on their social media Wednesday morning. “The state of the (Hayabusa 2) spacecraft is normal and the touchdown sequence was performed as scheduled. Project Manager Tsuda has declared that the 2nd touchdown was a success!” the agency said on its Twitter.

Japan is expecting some samples from the second craft they have sent to the asteroid from inside the surface of the asteroid which will probably give Japanese scientists to make some groundbreaking discovery about the solar system. This is going to happen for the first time that any space probe has reached the inside of the surface of any space object to collect samples, the Japan agency conveyed. Japan has already achieved big after even reaching the asteroid as Ryugu is 3,00 ft wide and is placed about tens of millions of od miles from the Earth.

The first spacecraft set its foot on the asteroid back in June 2018 to perform some experiments. Japan Agency decided to blast off the rock surface by using plastic explosives which were packed up in a device. Due to the explosion, they were able to collect samples from deep within the asteroid.

The Hayabusa 2 is supposed to leave Ryugu in December 2019 and the arrival of the spacecraft is scheduled by the end of 2020. Japan is expecting some serious samples from Hayabusa which is going to be analyzed by the scientists. Ryugu is a C-class status asteroid and the mission is very interesting to look up to, said John Bridges, a professor of planetary science at the UK’s University of Leicester to CNN.