Japan's space agency has confirmed that its Hayabusa2 space probe has succeeded in creating an artificial crater on the surface of an asteroid, the world's first attempt to study its interior.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency made the confirmation on Thursday after analyzing images taken from 1,700 meters above the asteroid, named Ryugu.
Japan's space agency JAXA plans to bring its Hayabusa2 probe closer to the asteroid Ryugu to get a closer look at a crater it made, to decide how to study the asteroid's interior.
JAXA scientists plan to determine the exact shape and depth of the crater and the size of nearby rocks to create a detailed topographical map.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency says its Hayabusa2 space probe will be back to an asteroid in late April to study an artificial crater the explorer recently made.
Hayabusa2 released a device called an "impactor" above the asteroid Ryugu last Friday, Japan time. JAXA says it is highly likely that the impactor exploded automatically and shot a metal projectile into Ryugu's surface to create a crater. The world's first experiment of its kind is to study the interior of an asteroid.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency says it's highly likely that probe Hayabusa2 has succeeded in the world's first mission of creating a crater on an asteroid to study its interior.
The probe released a device called an "impactor" above the asteroid Ryugu shortly before 11 a.m. on Friday, Japan Time.
Japanese space probe Hayabusa2 is making a descent toward the asteroid Ryugu in a new mission to create an artificial crater for a study of the celestial body's interior. The asteroid is located 340 million kilometers from Earth.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, says the probe began its descent toward Ryugu from an altitude of 20,000 meters at around 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Japan time.
Japan's space probe operating on an asteroid some 340 million kilometers from Earth is preparing to study the asteroid's interior by creating an artificial impact crater.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, announced on Monday that the Hayabusa2 probe will attempt to create the crater on the asteroid, called Ryugu, on April 5.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency says its Hayabusa2 space probe will attempt to make a crater in the asteroid Ryugu next month.
On February 22, Hayabusa2 successfully touched down on the asteroid, which is about 340 million kilometers from Earth. JAXA officials say it is likely the probe has collected rock samples as planned.