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Friday, November 8, 2019

The Japanese probe Hayabusa2 returns to Earth with samples of an asteroid.

The Japanese probe Hayabusa2 undertook its journey back to Earth on Wednesday after obtaining samples of a remote asteroid, which is an unprecedented achievement in the exploration of the universe.


The probe began maneuvers to leave the orbit of the Ryugu asteroid and start to travel its path back to Earth, 700 million kilometers away and approximately one year long confirmed the Japan Aerospace Agency (JAXA) through Your Twitter account.

The Japanese probe Hayabusa2 returns to Earth with samples of an asteroid.
The Japanese probe Hayabusa2 returns to Earth with samples of an asteroid.


If it manages to return smoothly, Hayabusa2 will become the first space mission that brings to our planet surface and underground samples of such a distant celestial body, something that could contribute to the investigation of the mysteries of the universe, according to JAXA.

At 10:05 local time on Wednesday (1:05 ​​GMT), the probe activated its ion engine to gain momentum from its location in the orbit of Ryugu, about 20 kilometers above this asteroid, and thus start a journey that It will take you first to the solar orbit.

The JAXA detailed the steps of this operation baptized as 'Sayonara Ryugu' (Goodbye Ryugu) in its Twitter account, and distributed photographs taken by Hayabusa2 where the asteroid is seen increasingly distant.

The Hyabasusa2 will trace in the next months three-quarters of the orbit of the Sun and will take advantage of the force of the gravity of that star to launch itself towards the Earth.

According to the JAXA plan, by the end of 2020, the probe will pass over Australia and drop a capsule containing samples of sand and rocks collected from Ryugu.

Hayabusa2 reached that asteroid in 2018. It landed on it twice this year, when it managed to dig a crater over the surface and collect samples using projectiles fired from an articulated arm, in what constituted a pioneering mission of high technical complexity.

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