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Japan publishes a video of its spacecraft bombarding an asteroid



Look Below

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.

Closer Look

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. [19659003] READ MORE: Now you can watch Japan's Hayabusa2 shoot a bomb at an asteroid [Space.com]

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