Video shows moment of asteroid touchdown
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Movie shows moment of asteroid landing

A camera on the Hayabusa-2 spacecraft captured the moment the probe touched down on an asteroid Ryugu.

Hayabusa was attempting to grab a sample of rock in the manoeuvre, which occurred on asteroid on 21 February (GMT).

A shower of dusty fragments can be seen lifting up from Ryugu as Hayabusa-2 fires a bullet into the surface at 300m/s.

  • 05 Mar 2019