Japanese probe "Hayabusa-2" photographed surface of the asteroid Ryugu closeup

Japanese spacecraft "Hayabusa-2" showed the asteroid Ryugu surface closeup. About two weeks ago, the space probe approached asteroid at a distance of six kilometers, but new images obtained by the device from a distance of 851 meters from surface. It is necessary to evaluate the properties of the soil in choosing the landing site for the landing module, according to the website's mission.

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, was launched into space in December 2014. The automatic interplanetary station "Hayabusa-2" of the year and is intended to deliver soil samples from an asteroid 162 173 Ryugu. The probe arrived at asteroid 27 June this year, and then went to the stable 20-kilometer orbit around it. Over the next year and a half unit will investigate Ryugu from orbit and on the surface desantiruyutsya boarding MASCOT module (Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout) defined spectrometer, magnetometer and radiometer camera.

In addition, the mission organizers plan to shoot at the surface kilometer asteroid impact projectile explosives. The explosion will raise part of the top layer of the asteroid, after which it will be possible to study its composition. After taking samples of soil from the surface of Ryugu station will go back to the earth and throw a capsule with samples in December 2020. During his last rendezvous with an asteroid unit took photographs of its surface using a telephoto lens optical navigation camera (ONC-T), as well as using a wide-angle optical navigation camera (ONC-W1).

Upon receipt of the photographs can be seen that the asteroid's surface is dotted with large boulders (the fact that they are large-scale label indicates 10 meters).

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plot the asteroid's surface Ryugu, shot from a distance of about 1 kilometer camera ONC-T probe "Hayabusa-2" August 7, 2018

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Snapshot asteroid surface obtained by the wide-angle camera ONC-W1 7 August, 2018

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Land Ryugu asteroid's surface, taken from a distance of about 1 kilometer camera ONC-T probe "Hayabusa-2" August 7 2018

Apparently, the choice of a suitable place for landing the landing module will be for the Japanese Space Agency's challenge.