Final month, the Japanese House Company’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft touched down on the asteroid Ryugu. It landed simply lengthy sufficient to fireside a bullet into the house rock to dislodge some little bits that have been hopefully sucked up for transport again to Earth.

You’ll be able to learn all in regards to the mission in our earlier protection, however on Tuesday the house company, often known as JAXA, launched new video footage of the important thing second.

The above video comes from Hayabusa2’s small monitor digital camera, referred to as CAM-H, which is positioned proper above the lengthy, cylindrical sampler horn that did the asteroid touching, taking pictures and sampling. You’ll be able to see the craft descending into what appears to be a rock-strewn touchdown spot after which instantly ascending after firing the bullet to ship bits of historic cosmic cobble flying.


A picture captured by Hayabusa2’s small monitor digital camera moments after the spacecraft fired a bullet into Ryugu, dislodging giant quantities of particles.


If the video appears jumpy, it is not your web connection (or it is not simply  your connection). The body fee because the craft descends is just one body each 5 seconds after which it will increase to at least one or two frames per second in the meanwhile of landing and firing. The video can also be sped up by 5x. Nonetheless, the entire operation was pulled off in only a few minutes. 

Throughout a press convention early Tuesday, JAXA mentioned the landing seems to have collected a “adequate pattern.”

The company additionally mentioned it is nicknamed the purpose the place Hayabusa2 touched down “Tamatebako,” which interprets to “treasure field.”

NASA is within the midst of its personal asteroid-sampling mission, with its Osiris-Rex spacecraft now mapping the asteroid Bennu, which it plans to the touch down on in 2020.

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Hayabusa2 is much from performed with Ryugu. Subsequent up, JAXA plans to make use of a “small carry-on impactor” (SCI) aboard the spacecraft to create a synthetic crater on the floor of the asteroid. Hayabusa2 will then try a second landing in or close to the newly blasted crater. 

Hayabusa2’s schedule has it making an attempt to blast a brand new mark into Ryugu as quickly as the primary week of April, adopted by one other landing try someday after Could.