The Hayabusa 2 lander (or & # 39; Hawk 2 & # 39 ;, what the translation would be in Spanish), MASCOT, landed on October 3rd asteroid Ryugu, where he took samples of this object, as planned by the Japanese space agency, JAXA.
The sample return mission ends in 2020, when Hayabusa 2 brings the recognized material to Earth. However, while we wait for the probe to return the first images of the landing have been published from MASCOT in the asteroid Ryugu.
Next in December, if everything goes according to plan by NASA, we will have more images of this type: Osiris-Rex will rest at Bennu to collect samples of this asteroid. Then he will take them to earth, just as Hayabusa 2 does.
MASCOT weighs 9.6 kilos and measures 30 x 30 x 20 centimeters. A spectrometer, a magnetometer, a radiometer and a camera have been installed in the module, as a result of which MASCOT has made approximately 120 photos, including those during the fall to Ryugu. In the upper right corner of the image you even see a black dot that descends the lander.
These are three images in which you can see how MASCOT falls on the upper left of the asteroid.
This is one of the photo's that the lander makes. Also during the descent, but about 10 or 20 meters from the surface of the asteroid.
This image is from Ryugu, but was not made by MASCOT. For the lander two small scale descent modules called MINERVA-II 1 flew over the surface of the asteroid to help in choosing the best place for MASCOT to fall. When they saw these images, the scientists realized that they had not assumed that Ryugu's surface was so rough, but they eventually found a landing area that proved to be a success.
MASCOT was I live for a little more than 17 hours, an unforeseen time: it was expected that the autonomy of the batteries would be about 16 hours, in which he collected countless samples. This was the last image he sent to Earth before his battery ran out. The white light that you see are the reflections of the sun.
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