The Japanese Space Agency said Friday it had successfully dropped a small bomb on the asteroid as part of its mission to better understand the history of the Solar System.
The Japanese Aeronautical Research Agency (JAXA) said the Hayabusa2 aircraft detonated a copper explosive, also known as a Small Inspector (SCI), at Ryuko Asteroid on Friday.
SCI weighs about 2 kg and is the size of the baseball, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
Hayabusa2 released SCI about 500 meters above Ryugu's surface about 11:13 in Japanese time (02:13 UTC) on Friday, JAXA is tweetao.
The aim of the explosion was to create an artificial crater on Ryuga. JAXA is currently examining whether and how she managed to create a crater.
It was expected that the copper plate at the bottom of the ball would turn into a ball until it fell from the aircraft and fell to Ryugu at 2 km per second, AP says. His intent was to break through a 10-meter wide hole in the asteroid, the BBC reported.
The mission on Friday was incredibly risky for Hayabusa2 because it had to be moved immediately to hide from the other side of the asteroid to protect it from any flying remains of the explosion.
JAXA is currently waiting for the blast images to be sent back to Earth. It is not entirely clear how long it will take.
If everything goes according to plan, JAXA plans to send Hayabusa2 back to the asteroid later when the dust and the remains of the explosion shake, AP says.
The agency hopes to gather underground Ryugua samples, which could contain organic substances and water that could indicate the origin of the Sun's system, Japanese company Kyodo News reported.
We hope that Hayabusa2 and collected samples will return to Earth by the end of 2020.
In September last year, JAXA landed with two jumbo robots on Ryuga, also within the Hayabusa2 mission – making Japan the first Earth in the world to land on the asteroid.
Hayabusa2 also successfully hit a flat surface at Ryuga in February and collected dust and residue on the surface.
Markoto Yoshikawa, the leader of the mission, told the AP: "So far, Hayabusa2 has done everything planned and we are delighted, but we still have more mission to achieve and it is too early for us to celebrate" Banzai. "
"Banzai" is a traditional Japanese narrative that wants ten thousand years of long life.
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