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$270 million worth of Japan’s craft makes the perfect touchdown on a distant asteroid




$270 million worth of Japan’s craft makes the perfect touchdown on a distant asteroid

As data showed, the successful touchdown of Hayabusa2, agency officials broke into applause and shook hands with each other in joy.

Japan’s Hayanusa2 probe made the perfect touchdown on this Thursday on a faraway asteroid. It was successful in gathering samples from beneath surface in an unprecedented mission that could light on the origins of our solar system.

Yuichi Tsuda, the project manager said at a jubilant press conference hours after the successful landing was confirmed:

“We’ve collected a part of the solar system’s history.”

He also added:

“We have never gathered sub-surface material from a celestial body further away than the Moon.”

“We did it and we succeeded in a world first.”

The fridge-sized probe made its second landing on the asteroid at 10:30 am, with officials from the JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) breaking into cheers and applause as the data came in showed the successful touchdown of the probe.

The confirmation was received only after when Hayabusa2 lifted back up from the surface of the asteroid and regained communications with the control room.

Takashi Kubota, researcher director told reporters that the touchdown operation was “more than perfect.”

Tsuda, on the other hand, rated it 1000 points out of 1000 with a grin on his face.

He said:

“The probe moved perfectly and the team’s preparation work was perfect.”

The brief landing of the probe took place on this Thursday. This is the second time that Hayabusa2 has landed on the desolate asteroid Ryugu which is some 300 million kilometers away from the Earth.

Ryugu in Japanese translates into Dragon Place. This basically refers to a castle at the bottom of the ocean in an ancient Japanese tale.

The Hayabusa2 mission also involved sending robots and rovers down to the surface.

The touchdown that took place on Thursday was mainly conducted to collect pristine materials from beneath the surface of the asteroid. Scientists believe that it can provide them with valuable information about the origins of the solar system. For example, what it was like or born?


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