The picture was taken at a distance of 50 meters from the surface of a celestial body.
Japanese station “Hayabusa-2” in the course of an unsuccessful attempt to decrease in mid-may did the artificial crater on the asteroid Ryugu closeup. As reported on the website of the mission, it has allowed scientists to determine the suitability of the crater to collect soil, reports the online edition of the Chronicle.info with reference to zn.ua.
It is noted that the attempt of reduction was made on may 14-16. Then “Hayabusa-2” the beginning of convergence in the asteroid, but at the height of 50 meters in automatic mode, stopped the decline and began to rise. It happened because of incorrect operation of the lidar.
Due to the fact that the decline did not take place, the station was not able to set the pointer, which later helped her to focus during the collection of soil. The mission team decided to try again on may 28-30.
The station was launched on 3 December 2014. Its objective is the delivery of soil samples from the asteroid Ryugu. According to the researchers, the study of the chemical properties of matter will allow scientists to judge the composition protocolecho nebula.
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“Hayabusa-2” will explore the asteroid in about 1.5 years, and then descend to the surface of module the MASCOT where you installed the spectrometer, a magnetometer, a radiometer and a camera. After taking soil samples from the surface of the Ryugu station will go back to Earth and drop a capsule with the substance of the asteroid in December 2020.