Japanese Space Probe Fires Bullet Into Asteroid to Collect Samples

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Published on March 6, 2019 - Duration: 01:55s

Japanese Space Probe Fires Bullet Into Asteroid to Collect Samples

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) released video on Tuesday, March 5, of its Hayabusa2 probe firing a bullet into the Ryugu asteroid in order to collect samples.The video shows debris flying up after the bullet is fired.Hayabusa2 landed on Ryugu in June 2018, and is scheduled to depart the asteroid in December 2019 with samples collected from three different locations.

The samples are hoped to give a better understanding of the evolution of the solar system and the origins of life on Earth, according to the New Scientist.

Credit: JAXA via Storyful


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