Japan Confirms It Has Created The First Artificial Crater on an Asteroid

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Published on April 25, 2019 - Duration: 00:47s

Japan Confirms It Has Created The First Artificial Crater on an Asteroid

JAXA has confirmed that it succeeded in creating an artificial crater on an asteroid.


Japan Confirms It Has Created The First Artificial Crater on an Asteroid

In early April the folks over at the Japanese space agency or JAXA dropped an explosive onto an asteroid in order to blast a crater into its surface.

????And now the agency has confirmed that it succeeded in creating the artificial crater on an asteroid.????Itโ€™s Hayabusa2 probe fired the explosive to create the crater to that it can scoop up material from the crater.

????The hope is to shed some light on how the solar system evolved based on the samples collected from the asteroid known as Ryugu.

????Although itโ€™s not the first to create an artificial crater, as NASAโ€™s Deep Impact probe did that in 2005 on a comet.

????Ryugu is thought to have large amounts of organic matter and water from when our solar system was born 4.6 billion years ago.????The mission that launched in 2014 should be returning to Earth in 2020 with the samples.

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