Japan's Hayabusa2 sample-collecting spacecraft closes in on asteroid

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  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus


    Amazing stuff!

    A Japanese Probe Is Closing in on an Asteroid 180 Million Miles from Earth
  2. Limejuice

    Limejuice Well-Known Member

    That picture - just wow!


    Also, three rovers and a sample delivery service! THAT's doing space properly. For me, the whole 'edge-of-technology' is summed up in the phrase "or thereabouts".

    Huge props to those boffins.
  3. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Sweetcorn, Seagulls and Wasps are Brilliant!

    Perhaps it should be renamed 'asquareoid' given the odd shape. Cool probe though, and it'll be interesting to see what the samples returned to Earth show. :cool:
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  4. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby this means nothing to me

    That shape is worrying.

  5. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    They've selected the landing site@


    Landing Site on Asteroid Ryugu Chosen for Japan's Hayabusa2 Mission

  6. JimW

    JimW 支那暗杀团

    That depression centre left is a bit Death Star-esque :hmm:
  7. NoXion

    NoXion It's been 600 years...

    That's no moon!

    Because it's not orbiting a planet.
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    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    How big is that?
  9. fishfinger

    fishfinger تپلی

    It's in the OP :p
    That's 900 metres wide for the lazy.
  10. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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    editor Taffus Maximus

  12. NoXion

    NoXion It's been 600 years...

    Can we scrap Trident and do shit like this instead? We'd be able to do slightly better I reckon, since we don't have legal restrictions on the kind of rockets we can launch.
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  13. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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  14. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Another lander is heading to the asteroid tonight

    See Real-Time Photos of Asteroid Ryugu Ahead of Landing Attempt Tonight!
  15. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It's landed safely! Such brilliant science.

    Success! Hopping, Shoebox-Sized Lander Touches Down Safely on Asteroid Ryugu
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    editor Taffus Maximus

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