Japanese Space Research Agency (JAXA) Hayabusa2 spacecraft will briefly touch on asteroid Ryugu on Thursday night and shoot a scientific research "bullet" into the space rock.
During the touchdown, which will be within a few seconds, the unmanned probe will use a projector device to push "bullet" into the asteroid and blast material beneath the subsurface. If all goes well, the booklet will collect samples that are eventually sent back to earth. Thursday's trial is the first of three such touchdowns planned.
The spacecraft is expected to move down onto the space rock around 6 o'clock ET.
SPACE & # 39; DUMPLING & # 39; RENDEZVOUS: JAPAN'S HAYABUSA 2 SPACECRAFT ARRIVER AT ASTEROID RYUGU
The short landing will be challenging, given the uneven and paved surface. Hayabusa2 aims at a circle of 20 feet to avoid obstacles. The space office controls will direct their approach until it is 1
Launched on December 3, 2014, Hayabusa2 came to Ryugu on June 27, 2018, when the asteroid was nearly 170 million miles from Earth. The spacecraft traveled nearly 2 billion miles to reach the space rock.
In September, Hayabusa2 lowered two MINERVA II1 rovers on the Ryugu space truck.
STUNNING ASTEROID PHOTOGRAPH BY TINY ROVERS ON SPACE ROCK & SURFACE
Amazing images taken by the robbers revealed the surface of "dummy-shaped" asteroid, which has a diameter of only 2 953 Foot.
Hayabusa2 is expected to leave Ryugu at the end of 2019 and return to Earth around the end of 2020.
The aircraft is the successor to JAXA's Hayabusa, which landed on the asteroid Itokawa in November 2005. was difficult with problems, the mission gathered a number of asteroid samples, which returned to earth with Hayabusa in June 2010.
NASA is doing AMAZING DISCOVERY ON ASTEROID BENNU
NASA is also performing amazing asteroid research. Space company OSIRIS-REx spacecraft reached the asteroid Bennu on December 3, 2018 after traveling more than 1 billion miles through space.
The asteroid can answer the origin of our solar system, according to NASA.
OSIRIS -REX, which stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer, was launched in September 2016 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
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The spacecraft is now examining the space stone from track, which recently helped scientists identify water locked inside the asteroid clay. The probe is scheduled to briefly touch the asteroid with a robot arm in July 2020 and retrieve a sample that will be returned to Earth in September 2023.
Fox News & # 39; Jennifer Earl, Chris Ciaccia and Associated Press contributed to This article.
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