Japanese “Hayabusa-2” for the first time received super-clear images of the surface of the asteroid Ryugu. The automatic station approached it to 6 km and photographed the car. The probe was launched into space in December 2014.
The mission of the scientific apparatus is the study of the object of interest to scientists. The station must take samples and return them to Earth. Experts hope that they will receive the first hundred percent “pure” samples of the primary matter of the solar system. A video captured by a probe in June showed that the object under study was angular in shape. It resembles a cube of sugar or a crystal of spar. Earlier, astronomers thought that the asteroid looked like an ideal ball, then – for pelmen or dango, national Japanese sweetness.
“Hayabusa-2” approached Ryugu in early July. Two weeks the probe spent on the inclusion and diagnosis of instruments. Then he proceeded to study the shape and physical properties of the asteroid. Pictures, as well as the first results of observations are presented on the official website of JAXA.