Japanese probe drops explosive on asteroid

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Japanese probe drops explosive on asteroid

The Hayabusa2 space probe ejected a small carry-on impactor or SCI onto the surface of Asteroid Ryugu a couple of weeks ago, according to NHK News.

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Japanese probe drops explosive on asteroid

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RESTRICTIONS: Broadcast: NO USE JAPAN, NO USE TAIWAN Digital: NO USE JAPAN, NO USE TAIWAN The Hayabusa2 space probe ejected a small carry-on impactor or SCI onto the surface of Asteroid Ryugu a couple of weeks ago, according to NHK News.

The impactor would analyze the asteroid's interior.

The cone-shaped device was released as the spacecraft was 500 meters above the asteroid.

The device is said to have exploded 40 minutes after the launch, NHK News reports.

According to a JAXA press release, as soon as the impactor was launched, the Hayabusa2 space probe released a camera to capture images of the explosion.

The crater is expected to be around 2 meters in diameter, according to the European Space Agency.

The Hayabusa2 spacecraft had previously deployed two rovers that explored Ryugu's surface.

They transmitted images and data of the asteroid back to Earth.

The probe had also touched down on the asteroid in February to collect rock samples.

Hayabusa2 is expected to return to Earth in 2020 with its cargo.

RUNDOWN SHOWS: 1.

Hayabusa2 in space, small carry-on impactor and Asteroid Ryugu 2.

The spacecraft releasing the explosive payload 3.

A camera being released and the spacecraft moving to the left side 4.

Dimensions of the crater 5.

Rovers hopping on the asteroid, and sending data and photos to Earth 6.

The spacecraft collecting samples and going back to Earth VOICEOVER (in English): "According to NHK News, the Hayabusa2 space probe ejected a small carry-on impactor or SCI onto the surface of Asteroid Ryugu a couple of weeks ago.

"The impactor would analyze the asteroid's interior." "The cone-shaped device was released as the spacecraft was 500 meters above the asteroid." "NHK News reports the device is said to have exploded 40 minutes after the launch." "According to a JAXA press release, as soon as the impactor was launched, the Hayabusa2 space probe released a camera to capture images of the explosion." "According to the European Space Agency, the crater is expected to be around 2 meters in diameter." "The Hayabusa2 spacecraft had previously deployed two rovers that explored Ryugu's surface.

They transmitted images and data of the asteroid back to Earth." "The probe had also touched down on the asteroid in February to collect rock samples." "Hayabusa2 is expected to return to Earth in 2020 with its cargo." SOURCES: Japan Times via AFP, NHK, European Space Agency, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Japan Today https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/04/05/national/science-health/making-dent-japans-hayabusa2-probe-prepares-blast-crater-asteroid-ryugu/#.XL_TmZgzZjU https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190405_32/ https://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Operations/Space_Safety_Security/Hera/Earth_vs._asteroids_humans_strike_back http://global.jaxa.jp/press/2019/04/20190405b.html http://global.jaxa.jp/press/2019/04/20190405a.html http://www.hayabusa2.jaxa.jp/enjoy/material/ https://japantoday.com/category/national/photos-from-japanese-space-rovers-show-asteroid-is-...-rocky *** For story suggestions please contact tips@nextanimation.com.tw For technical and editorial support, please contact: Asia: +61 2 93 73 1841 Europe: +44 20 7542 7599 Americas and Latam: +1 800 738 8377

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