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View Japan's Hayabusa2 landing on Asteroid Ryugu in this exciting video



An incredible new animation by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) shows the spacecraft Hayabusa2 making its second landing on July 11 .

The animation is played at 10x the speed of the spaceship, which touches down on the asteroid Ryugu and then retreats. Hayabusa2 recorded the video of the touchdown with his Cam-H monitor camera, which shows the vehicle's sampling mechanism (or sampler horn). Cam-H, created in collaboration with JAXA and the Tokyo University of Science, was installed through public donations.

The sampler horn of the aircraft, seen in the video and pointing "down" toward Ryugu, picked up new samples from the asteroid.

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A composite image taken by Hayabusa2 just before touchdown on July 11, 2019. [19659008] (Photo credits: JAXA, Chiba Institute of Technology, Tokyo University, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Meiji University, Aizu University, AIST)

Before landing on the asteroid, Hayabusa2 threw a bright , white marker on Ryugu's surface. This helped the mission personnel to land the vehicle slowly and carefully in the right place.

By landing on Ryugu, the spaceship fired a bullet (made of tantalum, a metal that would not fit) scientists do not confuse when it landed in samples) in the asteroids and blew up debris. Ryugu material entered Hayabusa's sampler horn, and then the vehicle rose again, leaving the asteroid behind.

Hayabusa2 landed on Ryugu for the first time in February of this year landed on the asteroid and then bounced off quickly. In April, just a few months after this impressive maneuver, the spaceship fired a copper plate attached to explosives and beamed the surface away to expose the underlying material.

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