The first photo of the surface of the asteroid in the history of mankind appeared on the Web. A valuable frame was published on the website of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The goal of the Japanese experts was an asteroid called Ryugu.
In December 2014, the Hayabusa-2 automatic interplanetary station was launched specifically for the study of Ryugu JAXA. On June 28, 2018, the device began to approach the asteroid, and on September 21, for the first time, it was possible to successfully land a module on the surface of such type of space bodies. In total, two robotized modules landed – Rover-1A and Rover-1B, and the first photographs were immediately received.
The published photos of Ryugu are truly fascinating, because no one has ever seen anything like this before; this is a truly historic event in the space field.
After all the necessary work has been completed on the surface of Ryugu, the Hayabusa-2 in December 2019 will go home with samples of soil masses on board. In December 2020, the device must reach the Earth, after which long and painstaking laboratory studies will begin.
Ryugu is a typical near-Earth asteroid belonging to the Apollo group. The object has an elongated orbit, so during its space journey it manages to pass by not only the Sun, but also to “greet” two planets at once – Earth and Mars. This asteroid is of large size, amounting to almost a kilometer in diameter.
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