techkenyot.com
techkenyot.com June 24, 2019


Japan space probe drops explosive on asteroid to make crater

05 April 2019, 11:24 | Edward Lowe

Japan space probe drops explosive on asteroid to make crater

Japan space probe drops explosive on asteroid to make crater

"We are thrilled to see what will happen when the impactor collides with the asteroid", Takashi Kubota, engineering researcher at the Japanese space agency (JAXA), told reporters earlier this week.

The country's Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully created a crater in the asteroid by shooting the "small carry-on impactor" - essentially a metal cannonball the size of a baseball - on Friday.

A Japanese probe on Friday launched an explosive device at an asteroid, aiming to blast a crater in the surface and scoop up material that could shed light on how the solar system evolved.

Once the dust has settled, JAXA plans to send the spacecraft back to the crater to collect samples of material that have been unexposed to the sun or space rays.

That probe returned with dust samples from a smaller, potato-shaped asteroid in 2010, despite various setbacks during its epic seven-year odyssey and was hailed as a scientific triumph.

NASA's Deep Impact project succeeded in creating an artificial crater on a comet in 2005, but only for observation purposes. Friday's mission is the riskiest for Hayabusa2, as it has to immediately get away so it won't get hit by flying shards from the blast.

Intel Announces Cascade Lake Xeon Platinum With Up To 56 Cores
Intel Xeon Scalable processors are enabling high-performance, efficient, scalable and agile 5G-ready networks. Availability of the Intel Optane DC SSD D4800X will be disclosed at a later date.

Hayabusa2 will move away from the area to avoid being damaged by debris from the explosion or the collision with Ryugu.

Images from a different camera at the bottom of the probe showed the impactor was released at the right position and angle.

'So far, Hayabusa2 has done everything as planned, and we are delighted, ' said mission leader Makoto Yoshikawa.

The news organization reports that the asteroid - named Ryugu - is located about 180 miles from Earth.

The mission will be the latest in a series of explorations carried out by the Japanese space agency's Hayabusa2 probe and could reveal more about the origin of life on Earth.

In February, Hayabusa2 briefly landed on Ryugu and fired a tantalum pellet into the surface that likely knocked about 10 grams of rock fragments into a collection horn.

Mick Jagger recovering from surgery
Drudge's story had claimed - correctly - that Jagger would enter a NY hospital this week to undergo the procedure. The Stones postponed their scheduled No Filter tour in order to give the 75-year-old singer time to recover.

The craft is scheduled to leave the asteroid at the end of 2019 and bring surface fragments and underground samples back to Earth in late 2020.

FILE - This Feb. 22, 2019, file image released by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) shows the shadow, center above, of the Hayabusa2 spacecraft after its successful touchdown on the asteroid Ryugu.

Hayabusa 2 deployed the SCI and then moved to a safe location on the other side of the asteroid before JAXA launched the SCI at the surface.

Asteroids are "believed to have formed at the dawn of the solar system and scientists say Ryugu may contain organic matter that may have contributed to life on Earth", Reuters explains.

Hayabusa Two is studying soil and rock samples using several pieces of equipment. It may even land a second time to collect subsurface samples.

Asteroids like Ryugu are often likened to a fossil, as they are thought to have preserved traces of the time when the solar system was born.

Google Duplex now headed to non-Pixel phones and iPhones
Google says it can give users a "convenient view over ongoing tasks and updates , like phone calls or arrival times". To avoid uneasiness, restaurant owners will be informed that the call is from Google before the conversation begins.



Other News

Trending Now

You can spend a night at The Louvre, thanks to Airbnb
Created to mark the museum's 30th anniversary, the innovative offering includes a one-night stay for one lucky victor and a guest. Stopping in front of the Mona Lisa , guests will celebrate Leonardo da Vinci's famous belle with a Renaissance-inspired toast.

Baltimore Orioles: Andrew Cashner’s Chances Against Toronto Blue Jays
Cashner struggled to find the strike zone in his attempt to own the bottom of the zone as NY hitters feasted against his pitches. The Oral History of the Kevin Pillar Trade will never be written, dang it, but we can speculate as to how it went down.

Prince Harry reckons "addictive" Fortnite should be banned
Just like physical exercise, which we all know is good for us; we have to care for our minds as much as we do for our bodies. Within the first five hours and 45 minutes of being on the platform, the royal couple hit 1 million followers. "Welcome.

China, India record maximum number of deaths by air pollution
Stroke, diabetes, heart attack, lung cancer, and chronic lung disease contributed to five million deaths in 2017. Pakistan was ranked third, and Bangladesh fifth in the State of Global Air 2019 report .

Chinese woman arrested for illegally entering Mar-a-Lago
Initial examination of the thumb drive determined it contained "malicious malware ", the Secret Service said. The guard reportedly assumed she was the daughter of a real club member named Zhang and gave her entry.

Speaker casts vote after tie on indicative votes
He said: "April 12th is the ultimate deadline for the approval of the Withdrawal Agreement by the House of Commons". Initial talks between May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn were described as constructive but inconclusive.

The US says India never shot down a Pakistani F-16
Pakistan invited the U.S. to physically count its F-16 planes after the dogfight, the report said. Narang told Foreign Policy , "As details come out, it looks worse and worse for the Indians".

Congress Is Finally Done With the War in Yemen
The US Senate passed the bill in a close 54-46 vote on 13 March, far from that required two-thirds majority. Every indication is that President Trump will veto the measure, setting up a critical test for Congress.

Lakers’ LeBron James makes vow to Nipsey Hussle
Holder is being held on United States $7 million bail, and is expected to make his first court appearance on Thursday afternoon. Authorities say Holder and Hussle, who knew each other, has several conversations Sunday outside Hussle's The Marathon store.

Target raises minimum wage by $1 an hour beginning in June
The hourly wage could get bigger; Target's goal is to increase the hourly minimum wage for employees to $15 by 2020. Beginning this June Target will raise its hourly minimum wage from $12 to $13.