Plume from impact

Plume from impact

Released

22/04/2019 8:12 am

Copyright

JAXA/The University of Tokyo/Kochi University/Rikkyo University/Nagoya University/Chiba Institute of Technology/Meiji University/The University of Aizu/AIST

Description

Hayabusa2's deployable camera, DCAM3, successfully photographed the ejector from the ‘Small Carry-on Impactor’ or SCI for short collidingwith the Ryugu asteroid’s surface. On 5 April 2019, SCI was released from the spacecraft, carrying a plastic explosive charge that shot a 2.5-kg copper projectile at the surface of the 900-m diameter Ryugu asteroid at a velocity of around 2 km per second. The objective is to uncover subsurface material to be brought back to Earth for detailed analysis.

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