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Sci Tech    H4'ed 4/5/19

Japan's Hayabusa2 Shoots Copper Bomb at Asteroid Ryugu to Create Artificial Crater

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Japan's Hayabusa2 probe deployed a heavy copper plate toward the asteroid Ryugu last night (April 4), in an effort to create an artificial crater.

Indeed, Hayabusa2 has been extremely busy during its time at Ryugu. In addition to the sample-collection and SCI activities, the probe has studied the asteroid in detail and released two hopping minirovers and a 22-lb. (10 kg) lander onto the space rock's surface.

And Hayabusa2 still has one more tool to deploy: MINERVA-II 2, a third, tiny, hopping rover, similar to those the probe deployed in September. The mission team currently hopes to send MINERVA-II 2 out onto Ryugu's surface late this summer.

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Once again I inject these far flung human efforts into the mix because they are the only ones that really count; to give some perspective into the tripe that passes for news these days. If you study the photograph of Ryugu, on the lower right you will see a loop, which, along with the almost perfectly square overall shape of this giant beauty, lend it the appearance of a device, rather than a natural phenomenon. But then again, there's this hexagon atop Saturn that makes no sense at all as well. But if you don't think it's remarkable that we're screwing around in space so far from home like kids with a new found toy; think again!

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Like kids with a new found toy indeed.

Submitted on Saturday, Apr 6, 2019 at 1:53:02 AM

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