The japanese scientist they managed to create what they call the first crater artificial in an asteroid, a step forward to shed light on how the system solar, said on Thursday, April 25, 2019 the Asian space agency.
The announcement took place after the Hayabusa2 probe launched a explosive device at asteroid Ryugu at the beginning of the month to create a crater on the surface and raise material, with the aim of revealing more about the origins of life in the land.
Yuichi Tsuda, responsible for the Hayabusa2 project at the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa), told reporters that the creation of the crater was confirmed from images captured by the probe located at 1,700 meters from the surface of the asteroid.
"Create a crater artificial with an impactor and observe it in detail then it's a world first, "said Tsuda. "It is a great success," he added. The probe Depp Impact of NASA had managed to create an artificial crater in a Kite in 2005, but only for observation purposes.
Masahiko Arakawa, Professor of Kobe University who participates in the project, said it was "the best day of his life".
"We can see a big hole much more clearly than expected," he said, adding that the images they showed a crater 10 meters in diameter.
It is believed that Ryugu has large amounts of matter organic Y Water about 4.6 billion years ago, when the solar system was formed.
In February, Hayabusa2 he managed to pose briefly on the asteroid Ryugu and launched a Shooting, which would have allowed him to collect samples of powder, before returning to its initial position.
The adventure of Hayabusa2, of a cost of around 30,000 million yen (USD 270 million), began on December 3, 2014, when the probe began a long journey of 3,200 million kilometers to reach Ryugu, which is at a distance average of 340 million kilometers of the land, since it is impossible to go in a straight line.
He plans to return to the land in 2020