We now know what it looks like when a spaceship bombards an asteroid with a bomb.
In early April, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) ordered its Hayabusa2 spacecraft to launch an explosive on top of the Ryugu asteroid from about 500 meters above the surface.
Now JAXA has released one Video Launching from the spacecraft's perspective – and while the boat takes cover before the impact, the video still provides a stunningly detailed view of the surface of the asteroid.
This video shows the descent of the Small Carry-on Impactor (SCI) from images taken every 2 seconds immediately after the separation of Hayabusa2 by the built-in TIR (Thermal Infrared Camera). In the background you can see the surface of Ryugu 500 meters away. pic.twitter.com/O5niPDb2XI
– [email protected] (@ haya2e_jaxa) April 21, 2019
According to a press release from the European Space Agency, the researchers behind the mission assume that the bombing raids on Ryugu have created a "distinctive crater."
They hope to be able to recover some of the underground material destroyed by the bombing so that they can analyze it on Earth after the spacecraft has landed again on the mainland.
The plan is to send Hayabusa2 back to the asteroid bombing on Thursday to investigate and take pictures – though we may not know what a bombed asteroid looks like right now, we may not have to wait long to find out.
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