Japans Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Snaps Images of Bomb Crater

first_imgStay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System On April 5, Japan’s Hayabusa-2 spacecraft fired a “small carry-on impactor” (SCI), also known as a 4.4-pound cluster of copper, at the asteroid Ryugu and caused a giant explosion. Following this fiery operation, the probe shared some images of the “bomb” crater on the massive space rock.Hayabusa-2 snapped photos of the ground below where the “small carry-on impactor” (SCI) device exploded, BBC News reported. On Twitter, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) posted photos to compare asteroid Ryugu’s surface before and after the SCI collision.[CRA2] Crater formation where the Small Carry-on Impactor collided with Ryugu has been confirmed! These images compare the surface before and after the SCI collision. pic.twitter.com/BZPYlHhSjs— [email protected] (@haya2e_jaxa) April 25, 2019Once JAXA obtained these photos from Hayabusa-2, they pointed out that the after photo shows a difference in the terrain of the “bomb” area. “The exact size and shape of the artificial crater will be examined in detail in the future, but we can see that terrain of an area about 20m (66 feet) wide has changed,” JAXA wrote on Twitter. “We did not expect such a big alternation so a lively debate has been initiated in the project!”[SCI] The deployable camera, DCAM3, successfully photographed the ejector from when the SCI collided with Ryugu’s surface. This is the world’s first collision experiment with an asteroid! In the future, we will examine the crater formed and how the ejector dispersed. pic.twitter.com/eLm6ztM4VX— [email protected] (@haya2e_jaxa) April 5, 2019Following the impact procedure, Hayabusa-2 had to duck behind asteroid Ryugu to avoid flying space debris, Space.com noted. JAXA confirmed that the “bomb” operation yielded a crater, and now, other scientific work can be initiated, such as taking another rock sample from the asteroid Ryugu, which will be studied once Hayabusa-2 returns to Earth.Hayabusa-2 is expected to stay at asteroid Ryugu until the end of the year, and once it’s done, it will head back to our planet with space rock samples, which will then be analyzed by scientists in the future.More on Geek.com:Watch: Japan’s Hayabusa-2 ‘Bombed’ Asteroid Ryugu to Make a CraterJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Will Drop an Explosive on Asteroid RyuguHayabusa-2’s New Asteroid Photo Shows Dark Touchdown Markslast_img