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 throw an explosive on the Ryugu asteroid of about 1,640 feet (500 meters) above its surface.
Now, JAXA has released a video of the launch from the spacecraft's perspective – and while the plane is taking cover before the impact, the video still provides a stunningly detailed view of the surface of the ship 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 integrated TIR (Thermal Infrared Camera). In the background you can see the surface of Ryugu 500 meters away. pic.twitter.com/O5niPDb2XI
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According to a press release from the European Space Agency, researchers behind the mission with bombings created a "distinctive crater "on Ryugu.
They hope to retrieve some of the ground material destroyed by the bombing in order to analyze it on Earth after the spacecraft has returned to Terra firma.
The plan is now to send Hayabusa2 goes back to the scene of the asteroid bomb on Thursday to investigate and take pictures – although we may not know what a bombed asteroid looks like at the moment, we may not have to wait long to find out ,
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