Japan’s asteroid probe just arrived at a massive space rock, and now it gets to blow stuff up

ryugu asteroid arrival

Back in 2014, Japan's space program JAXA launched an asteroid probe that had a long journey ahead of it. The spacecraft, called Hayabusa 2, spent over three years cruising towards its destination, a massive asteroid called Ryugu. The trip was long, but JAXA just announced that Hayabusa 2 has arrived at the rock, and now the real fun begins.

The goal of the mission is to study the makeup of the asteroid itself. Unfortunately, scraping a sample from the surface isn't acceptable because debris from its countless years in space has likely sullied its exterior. Instead, Hayabusa 2 will need to go deeper, and that means an explosion is in order.

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