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Monday, July 29, 2019

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) spacecraft Hayabusa2 has once again successfully collected samples of the asteroid Ryugu!

It then fired a 5-gram bullet made of the element tantalum into the asteroid at over a thousand kilometers per hour. The impact blasted material off the surface, where it was collected into a horn on the spacecraft. This debris was then packed away, stored for a later return to Earth planned in late 2020.

Everything about this is amazing, but first let me show you the video of the event!

It's a time-lapse, starting when Hayabusa2 was about 8.5 meters above Ryugu's surface and ending some eight minutes later when it was 150 meters away.

The moment it shoots the bullet is pretty obvious, Watch:

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Why is Japan shooting asteroids?

That should be America's job.

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-07-29 01:27 PM | Reply

"Frak you, Dolphin and Whale!"

#2 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-07-29 01:44 PM | Reply

Badass

#3 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-07-29 04:56 PM | Reply

Why is Japan shooting asteroids?
That should be America's job.
#1 | POSTED BY PINCHALOAF

They are ahead of the game. That USED to be America's MO.

#4 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-07-29 06:09 PM | Reply

Japan has Texans too?

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2019-07-30 05:29 PM | Reply

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