Japan is about to receive a scientific space probe from Asteroid Ryugu, Researchers show the Space Rock was very close to the Sun


Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) operates the highly powerful aircraft, Hayabusa2. The spacecraft fired a 5-g metal projectile, directed towards the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu. However, the asteroid is almost at a distance of 350million km from our planet. After almost 6 years now, Hayabusa2 could finally intercept the space rock this year. The spacecraft noted down all observations and took samples of the space rock before returning to follow the course back to Earth.

The projectile fired at the piece of rock was successfully able to disrupt the surface. In return, the spacecraft could successfully collect the lofted material. The spacecraft, Hayabusa2 will be going past our planet in around late 2020. During its course, however, it will drop the samples using a reentry capsule, which will go further analysis in labs.

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Ryugu: Asteroid near Sun

Even though the physical samples need to be analyzed before making any assumptions. Many researchers have been going through the data sent by Hayabusa2 over the course of many months. On proper research, one can see that the particles landed all over the sampling station. This, in turn, changed the color from blue to red.

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This observation, however, helps understand the latitudinal ‘stripes’ present on the surface of Ryugu. All exposed material became red due to continuous exposure to the sun and weathering of space. Researchers are waiting to study and analyze the asteroid using physical evidence. Hayabusa2 will be dropping off samples near the end of December 2020.

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