Japanese space probe reached the asteroid Ryugu

Японский космический зонд долетел до астероида Рюгу

The diameter of the asteroid, the Ryuga is 920 meters

In September, the probe Hayabusa-2 needs to land on the asteroid and take samples of rocks. In General, this operation is scheduled three times.

The Japanese space probe Hayabusa-2 has flown to the asteroid Ryugu located 280 million kilometers from Earth. It is reported by the Japanese space Agency (JAXA) on Wednesday, June 27.

After more than three years of flight the probe is located at the observation position 20 kilometers from the space object with a diameter of 920 meters and is ready to start his research.

First, the Hayabusa 2 will explore the trajectory of rotation of the Ryuga, and its gravitational field. And in September, the probe should land on the surface of the asteroid and take samples of rocks. In General, this operation is scheduled three times.

It is assumed that the Ryuga contains a relatively large amount of organic matter. Scientists hope that this mission will help them learn more about the birth of the Solar system and the origin of life.

At the end of 2019 Hayabusa-2 needs to go back to Earth.

Earlier it was reported that NASA launched a mission OSIRIS-REx to the asteroid Bennu, which is one of the key threats to the Earth today.

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