Apparatus MASCOT, which was sent with the Japanese research station “Hayabusa-2”, managed to photograph the asteroid Ryugu closer to them. In addition, scientists were able to obtain soil samples from the surface of the asteroid.
New advances in the study of the surface Ryugu. As reported by Wired, the resulting photographs clearly shows the boulders which covered the asteroid.
The Ryuga camera MASCOT worked for only 17 hours, but managed to make several photographs and collect valuable soil samples, which will then be delivered to the Earth.
Photos from the surface of the asteroid Ryugu
Photo of the surface of the Ryugu has made the unit MASCOT
The first planting. Note, the first landing on an asteroid Ryugu station “Hayabusa-2” made in the spring of 2019. On its surface have been omitted modules MASCOT who took the first soil samples.
The soil sampling from the surface of the asteroid Ryugu – watch the video
What are the prospects? Fence soil samples and taking photos is considered a successful step of the mission. Now the space station needs to send back the capsule with the collected materials. Their transportation is likely to be completed by December 2020.
If the capsules are pieces of carbonaceous chondrites, the experts will be able to study them in their original form because they were not subjected to thermal conversion at the moment of passing through the earth’s atmosphere.
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