Japanese probe "Hayabusa-2" landed on the asteroid Ryugu February 22

Japanese interplanetary probe "Hayabusa-2" February 22 will attempt to land on the surface of a 900-meter asteroid Ryugu, from whom he is since last June. It is reported by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Initially it was assumed that the device will land back in last October, but it later emerged that the selected location is not suitable for this - the surface is covered with very sharp and high rocks.

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As a result, a more thorough check JAXA experts have chosen a new place where you can successfully land a probe on the asteroid to collect samples of its soil and experimentation.

"landing point and landing trajectory have already been determined. We will try to avoid any mistakes, "- commented the decision of the head of the mission" Hayabusa-2 "Yuichi Tsuda.

Mission "Hayabusa-2" worth 30 billion yen ($ 260 million) was launched to an asteroid Ryugu in December 2014. June 28, 2018 the probe became friendly with his goal. In September, held the first in the history of a successful soft landing on the surface of the spacecraft - bouncing landers robotic Rover-1A and Rover-1B, were on board the probe. Another successful landing on Ryugu occurred in October. The probe is dropped on the surface of the asteroid 10-pound module MASCOT, developed by the German Aerospace Center. The device is equipped with various scientific equipment, he worked only 17 hours, but it has successfully completed the planned study soil composition and properties of the asteroid, passing the data to the orbiter. Scientists hope to find traces of water on the asteroid and organic matter, which is believed can help in solving the mystery of the spread of life in the universe. Probe A total of three must perform landing on asteroid, whereupon godu 2020 to return to Earth.

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