The small capsule, only 40 centimeters in diameter, detached from the probe at an altitude of 220,000 kilometers, entered the Earth’s atmosphere at an altitude of 120 kilometers and opened a parachute at a height of ten kilometers, while the probe itself, called “Falcon” in Japanese , it was then redirected on a new mission to another distant asteroid.
The capsule lowering required extreme precision. JAXA has used several satellite dishes in the expected landing area to receive its signals and will use radar, drones and helicopters to search.
The Hayabusa2 mission was launched in December 2014, 2018, the probe entered the aryoid Ryugus’ orbit, landed a container with off-road vehicles and various robotic devices, but later struck a crater on the asteroid’s surface with a special charge to obtain intact rock samples. Scientists hope that these samples, taken below the surface of the asteroid, will provide insight into the evolution of the solar system.
The asteroid is called Ryukū, which in an ancient Japanese saga lies at the bottom of the sea of a dragon castle.
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