Japan Spacecraft Collects Samples from Asteroid’s Surface shingetsunewsagency.com

posted by  banzaitokyo | 9 months, 2 weeks ago in Science & Technology

Since the launch of the Hayabusa-2 spacecraft from the Tanegashima Launch Center into space in 2014, and after its three-and-a-half-year journey, it finally reached its destination—an asteroid called Ryugu. This mission is being conducted by the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and its main purpose is to track the origins and study the evolution of the solar system by examining the asteroid’s surface and collecting samples, such as rocks and soil. It aims to analyze the coexistence between water and organic matter.