Asteroid War – Japan Shot and Made the First Man-made Asteroid Crater

Japan’s Hayabusa2 space probe has successfully created a man-made crater on an asteroid. Hayabusa2 shot a copper “impact head” at Ryugu.

Above – This image taken by a camera detached from the space probe Hayabusa2 shows rocks on the asteroid Ryugu flying up three seconds after an impactor struck the surface. (Image courtesy of JAXA, Kobe University and other institutes)

The probe photographed the area hit by the projectile from a distance of 1.7 km. The agency compared images of the asteroid’s surface before and after the shooting of the projectile to determine the presence of a man-made crater.

SOURCES : JAXA, Mainichi
Written By Brian Wang.

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