Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has reported on a successful detonation that occurred on Friday on the surface of the asteroid Ryugu.
The purpose of the detonation, made with the help of a special unit, which is a 2 kg copper capsule with explosives, sent from the Hayabusa-2 automatic interplanetary station, was to create a circular crater. In the background, Japanese scientists are planning to collect samples of rocks that can give an idea of the formation of the solar system.
In conditions of extremely small gravity in an asteroid after the explosion, a large cloud of dust and stones will rise. A few weeks later, when he settles down in May, an asteroid landing probe will be made to collect soil samples in the area of the crater formed.
The Hayabusa-2 mission began in 2014. Japanese scientists have set the task to get soil samples from a Class C asteroid whose diameter is less than a kilometer, which will be later delivered to Earth for detailed analysis. It is assumed that the Hayabusa-2 probe will return to Earth with soil samples by the end of 2019. "Hayabusa-2" landing, according to the planned schedule, will be held at the end of next year.
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