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Japan probe blasts asteroid, seeking clues to life's origins

Japan probe blasts asteroid, seeking clues to life's origins

Meanwhile, the information, scientists hope to get after studying the asteroid's debris, might give them insight into not only the asteroid but also our planet and solar system.

Hayabusa 2's next mission will be to return to the detonation site once the dust has settled.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, called the operation a success and said that it was the first time in the history of space missions that a crater had been created artificially on an asteroid, Efe news reported. Fortunately, Hayabusa2 moved right in time and nothing bad happened.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or Jaxa, said it had confirmed Hayabusa2 dropped a "small carry-on impactor" made of copper onto the asteroid on Friday morning.

The candidate site for the crater is near the asteroid's equator and the impact of the copper mass is supposed to create a hole several meters in diameter.

The SCI is a 2 kilogram (4.41 pound) copper lump which was sacked toward the asteroid at a speed of 2 km per second (4,473 mph).

The probe's impactor device is programmed to descend for about 40 minutes after getting the signal to a height of about 200 meters and then detonating, sending an approximately 2-kg copper mass into Ryugu's surface at a speed of 2 kilometers per second. Since June previous year, Hayabusa-2 studied Asteroid Ryugu and even deployed robotic vehicles to explore the rock more in-depth. JAXA later confirmed the impact from images transmitted from a camera left behind by the spacecraft which showed the impactor being released and fine particles later spraying dozens of meters (yards) out from a spot on the asteroid. One of its first photos showed the impactor being successfully released and headed to the asteroid.

The asteroid, named Ryugu after an undersea palace in a Japanese folktale, is about 300 million kilometres from Earth.

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After this riskiest of missions, Hayabusa2 had to evacuate to the other side of the asteroid so it would not be damaged by the fragments after the blast. "But we still have more missions to achieve and it's too early for us to celebrate".

You can check out Jaxa's entire live feed from mission control below.

No such samples have ever been collected.

And in February, Hayabusa2 itself spiraled down to Ryugu, snagging a sample of rock and dirt in a brief touchdown operation.

The probe is loaded with four surface landers, an array of cameras and even an explosive device that will dig out subsurface rock samples.

JAXA hopes that this material will help unlock clues behind the creation of our solar system.

Hayabusa Two is expected to return to Earth in late 2020 carrying samples for further analysis.


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