The Hayabusa 2 spacecraft is the first ever successfully collected soil samples from the asteroid.
The spacecraft Hayabusa 2 successfully landed on a distant asteroid Ryugu and fulfilled a mission to gather samples of “pure” primary matter, which scientists hope will give clues to the origin of the solar system. He also transmitted the first pictures from the surface of the asteroid. This writes the online edition of the Chronicle.info with reference to the Correspondent.
In April of Hayabusa 2 artificially created a crater the landing area, after firing at the asteroid surface with a copper bullet. The mission was to land in the crater and collect samples which scientists believe contain valuable data.
The Hayabusa 2 spacecraft is the first to have successfully collected soil samples from the asteroid, and his achievement ahead of a similar mission planned by NASA on another asteroid.
“It was a success, a great success. We have been successful in all scheduled procedures,” said Takashi Kubota, the participant of the project of Hayabusa 2 at JAXA.