Japan lands Hayabusa-2 spacecraft on Ryugu asteroid in successful mission

Japanese spacecraft to attempt landing on distant asteroid

Workers at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency control center applauded Friday as a signal sent from space indicated the Hayabusa2 spacecraft had touched down.

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft is expected to land on the Ryugu asteroid this week where it will shoot a bullet into the rock to get samples that will be brought to Earth for further analysis, Gizmodo reported on Wednesday. The descent required precise control of the probe, JAXA said.

On its first landing, lasting a few seconds, Hayabusa2 will fire a bullet from a cylindrical tube called a "sampler horn" and collect sand and rock fragments thrown up by the impact.

Kim or Trump? Hanoi barber offers leaders' hairdos for free
USA special representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun is already there, negotiating with North Korean officials ahead of the summit.


If the mission is a success, Hayabusa2 will bring three samples from Ryugu's surface to Earth in December 2020.

Scientists believe the asteroid contains a relatively large amount of organic matter and water from when our solar system was born some 4.6 billion years ago. Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2 is approaching the surface of the asteroid Ryugu about 280 million kilometers (170 million miles) from Earth.

During the touchdown, Hayabusa2 is programmed to extend a pipe and shoot a pinball-like object into the asteroid to blow up material from beneath the surface.

Mandy Moore on Ryan Adams marriage: 'I felt like I was drowning'
Adams was accused of sexual misconduct and abuse in an article by The New York Times by multiple women . She explained she knew their marriage couldn't "sustain itself" if she focused on work full time .


Hayabusa-2 will continue to work on the asteroid before theme comes to return to Earth.

Photo: This image, taken from 40km above Ryugu, shows the asteroid's shape and the boulders on its surface.

That probe returned from a smaller, potato-shaped, asteroid in 2010 with dust samples despite various setbacks during its epic seven-year Odyssey and was hailed as a scientific triumph.

Gwyneth Paltrow is ending her run as Marvel character Pepper Potts
And everything the cast and crew say - or have said in the past - suddenly becomes relevant for Endgame . As far as we know about Stark thus far, he's adrift in space with little-to-no help of being saved.


Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Henderson: We can hurt Bayern at the Allianz
Feb 22, 2019 - 09:27
I was impressed by every member of their back four but, as a makeshift defender, Fabinho did particularly well. But in the first half we still had the chances and, as it always is, a goal would have changed the game a bit.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Cyclone watch for Queensland cancelled as TC Oma weakens
Feb 22, 2019 - 05:42
Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Jonty Hall says Oma will maintain its slow 10km/h path towards the coast until Friday. He said the diametre of this system, at 600km, was twice that of cyclone Debbie, although the latter had more intense winds.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top DOH sees possible reversal of measles outbreak by April
Feb 22, 2019 - 05:12
Many people are in agreeance that public health and the safety of others should not be up for debate. Other cases have been identified in King County and the Portland area.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Sarri: Jorginho’s absence against Malmö showed his importance to Chelsea
Feb 22, 2019 - 04:11
But I am anxious about the first 30 minutes only for the offensive phase because we can not play our football without confidence. But I think, also, that [Andreas] Christensen played very well. 'I am not sure (it will work), but I have to think this.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top World's Biggest Bee Thought To Be Extinct Has Been Rediscovered
Feb 22, 2019 - 03:37
He told Newsweek that for the last 40 years, the bee had essentially been hiding in plain sight. Wallace's giant bee was last spotted in 1981, but since then no-one had documented seeing it.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Harry Kane 'an animal' - Pochettino on returning Spurs striker
Feb 21, 2019 - 17:55
Tottenham confirmed that Dele Alli, who has been out with a hamstring injury , will continue on-field rehabilitation. It's going to be a massive impact for everyone'.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Empire actor turns self in to face charge, police say
Feb 21, 2019 - 17:10
Police said there had been a "significant shift in the trajectory" of the investigation after the brothers were freed on Friday. Jussie is scheduled to appear on set on Thursday , but is also due to appear in court for a bond hearing over the new charge.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Search resumes for men missing near Port Macquarie, NSW
Feb 21, 2019 - 16:25
Police found the same auto the men had purchased for their trip around Australia abandoned near Shelly Beach on Sunday. Personal items belonging to Mr Palmer and Mr Ferrieux were found by walkers on Shelley Beach at sunrise on Monday.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nintendo can turn the Switch console into a VR device this year
Feb 21, 2019 - 15:53
Microsoft, however, made a decision to pull the plug on Scalebound's production in 2017, disappointing hopeful fans. If these reports prove true, Switch owners will have a new and exciting title added to their game library.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Split with Bajin not over money - Osaka
Feb 21, 2019 - 15:32
That would be the worst. "[I want] someone that's kind of direct, not afraid to say things to my face". I'd rather someone say it directly to me than go around my back. "That's one of the biggest things".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Qualcomm's new Snapdragon modem integrates tech from 2G to 5G
Feb 21, 2019 - 15:27
It's to be noted that the X55 also now supports spectrum sharing, meaning 5G and 4G can co-exist on the same frequencies. Additionally, the Snapdragon X55 increases download speeds to up to 7Gbps and allows uplink speeds of 3Gbps.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Second and largest supermoon of 2019 will shine above Canada tonight
Feb 21, 2019 - 14:54
When the moon is close to the lunar nodes of its path during a syzygy, it causes a total solar eclipse or a total lunar eclipse. If that happens, there's still the third and final supermoon of the year, which comes in exactly four weeks, on March 19, 2019.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Meghan Markle Makes Secret Trip to NYC for This Reason!
Feb 21, 2019 - 14:30
Prince Harry and Prince William have chosen to separate their royal household in the coming weeks, the Sunday Times is reporting. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will shortly move from Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage, on the Windsor estate.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top India Air Force planes collide during aerobatics practice, killing pilot
Feb 21, 2019 - 13:41
A pilot has been killed and two others injured in a high-speed aircraft collision that saw two planes plummet to the ground. More then 60,000 business visitors and 1,00,000 general visitors attended Aero India 2017.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Cyclone Oma Threatens Queensland Residents As It Nears Australian Coasts
Feb 21, 2019 - 13:27
Strong winds, rain and 3m to 4m waves are forecast toward the end of the week as Oma - now near Vanuatu - moves southwest. The storm brought winds of 110km/h and gusts as high as 140km/h, with wind and flood warnings put in place.