A Hajabusza-2 left about a year ago An asteroid 300 million kilometers from Earth and expected to reach Earth on December 6to drop his capsule containing the valuable shipment in southern Australia.
A Jaxa scientists say the patterns contain valuable data. They mainly come from below the asteroid’s surface, as they have not been appreciated by the effects of space radiation and other environmental factors.
Josikava Makoto, a Hajabusza-2 According to the project manager of the mission, scientists mainly have a fever when analyzing organic matter in the soil sample.
“Life on Earth comes from organic matter, but we still don’t know where it comes from. We hope that the details of the organic matter brought down by Hajabus-2 will provide information on how life on Earth comes from. has developed. “ – He told Josikava.
The capsule is planned to be dropped from space in a remote, sparsely populated region of Australia from a distance of approximately 220,000 kilometers, which will pose a huge challenge for air traffic controllers.
The capsule, protected by a heat shield, becomes a fireball when it enters the Earth’s atmosphere at an altitude of 200 kilometers. About 10 kilometers above the surface, your parachute opens to prepare for landing, while sending signals to determine its position.
A Jaxa prepares satellites, radars, drones and helicopters to find the capsule. Without them, it would be extremely difficult to find a capsule resembling a pan with a diameter of only 40 centimeters.
A Hajabusza-2 for him this is not the end of his mission. After dropping the capsule, it returns to space to make its way to another small, distant asteroid, the 1998KY26. His journey will take ten years.
The spacecraft launched in December 2014 and reached Ryugu in June 2018, for which it was the first to collect underground samples, the first in the world. The spacecraft landed on the surface of the asteroid twice.
A Ryugu a C-type asteroid that experts say formed about 4.6 billion years ago at the beginning of the solar system, thus, it may contain organic matter that has also contributed to the formation of life on Earth, so that it can provide information about the origin of life.