Hayabusa2 has launched with a five-gram bullet and an explosive, both meant for the Ryugu asteroid 200 million miles from Earth.
The goal of bombing Ryugu was to create an artificial crater that Hayabusa2 will later sample for scientists on Earth to analyze. Ryugu is a rather old and primordial asteroid, and the samples are expected to help “clarify the origin of life” in the universe, among other insights, according to JAXA.
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