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Japanese Hayabusa2 Has Exploded Onto An Asteroid

Recently, Japanese spacecraft, Hayabusa2 has exploded an explosive device over an asteroid. The objective was to make a fresh crater. The spacecraft will later study the crater that has been created on this small asteroid.

Scientists have observed the event from mission control in Sagamihara, Japan, and cheered graciously as spacecraft completed the experiment called the Small Carry-on Impactor. The device comprised of a copper disk filled with HMX high-explosive. The impactor seemingly detonated by shooting the disk into the side of the target and this has been done by keeping the spacecraft at a very safe distance. The Hayabusa2’s camera has caught the instant of impact. As per Harold C. Connolly Jr., a co-investigator on Hayabusa2, everything went perfectly. The target asteroid is a piece of rock and it is known as Ryugu. Ryugu is just a size of less than a mile and it orbits between the Earth and the Red Planet. Scientists consider that Ryugu might be similar to the initial space rocks that fused to form planets, including our planet as well.

Connolly stated that these specific asteroids are the forerunners to what our planet was made from. The targeted asteroid is very rich in carbon, and the surface minerals hold water and some prebiotic compounds that might have begun life on our planet. Connolly added that Ryugu is a time capsule. This was the second attack from the Japanese Hayabusa2. The first one came in February when Hayabusa2 landed on the asteroid and fired a tiny pellet into its surface. The dust released from the opening shot was accumulated and finally, it will provide scientists with in-depth information about the Ryugu’s makeup. To profoundly understand the Ryugu, scientists also have to know what is exactly down there and because of this, they have created the recent crater.