An unmanned Japanese space probe approaching some 300 million kilometers away from earth the asteroid Ryugu. As the Japanese space Agency Jaxa announced on Thursday began the probe "Hayabusa 2" from 20 km altitude, your descent to the celestial body. On Friday, you should then land on Ryugu. "Hayabusa 2" is supposed to collect Material from the surface. By the end of next year, the probe will return to earth. Its predecessor model was already launched worldwide in 2010 for the first time, soil samples of an asteroid to the earth. The researchers want to come up with the Mission of the origins of our solar system on the track.
the "Hayabusa 2" was launched in December 2014 in Japan, and approached the asteroid, almost four years after the end of June 2018 up to 20 kilometers. From there, the probe took measurements, looked for a suitable landing site for the Lander and approached in the meantime, up to 850 metres, to test the gravity.
Current from the probe captured photos of the asteroid will be shared in the short message service Twitter.
on the German centre for air and space travel (DLR) and the French space Agency, CNES, developed the Lander by the name of "Mascot" was extinguished landed last October on the asteroid and had this explored for several hours until his battery.More about
Mission of the robot Mascot on Asteroid Ryugu, A robot bounces
stops The "Mascot" of the collected data could provide were important insights about the formation of our earth and for the prevention of asteroid strikes. During the "Mascot" remains to Ryugu, the Mission of the probe "Hayabusa 2" now. Ryugu is the underwater Palace of the dragon king from the Japanese Tradition. (dpa)