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 their Hayabusa2 spacecraft to detonate the Ryugu asteroid from about 1,640 feet above its surface.
Now, JAXA has released a video of the launch from the spacecraft's perspective – and while the boat is taking cover before the impact, the video offers a surprisingly detailed view of the surface of the asteroid.
This video shows the descent of the SCI (Small Carry-on Impactor) from images taken every 2 seconds, immediately after the separation of Hayabusa2 by the integrated TIR (Thermal Infrared Camera). In the background you can see the surface of Ryugu 500 meters away. pic.twitter.com/O5niPDb2XI
̵1; HAYABUSA2 @ JAXA (@ haya2e_jaxa) April 21, 2019
According to a press release from the European Space Agency, researchers are behind the mission It is to expect that the bombing raids on Ryugu created a "unique crater".
They hope to retrieve some of the subsurface bomb material so that it can be analyzed on Earth after the spacecraft has returned to solid ground.
Now Hayabusa2 is due to be sent back to the asteroid bombing on Thursday to investigate and take pictures – although we may not know what a bombed asteroid looks like right now, we may not have to wait long to find out.  READ MORE: Now you can watch Japan's Hayabusa2 shoot a bomb at an asteroid [Space.com]
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