Japan space probe drops explosive on asteroid to make crater

  • This image released by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) shows the asteroid Ryugu Friday, April 5, 2019. Japan’s space agency JAXA said its Hayabusa2 spacecraft released an explosive onto the asteroid to make a crater on its surface and collect underground samples to find possible clues to the origin of the solar system. Friday’s mission is the riskiest for Hayabusa2, as it has to immediately get away so it won’t get hit by flying shards from the blast. (JAXA via AP)

  • In this computer graphics image released by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the Hayabusa2 spacecraft is seen above on the asteroid Ryugu. Japan’s space agency JAXA said Friday, April 5, 2019, its Hayabusa2 spacecraft released an explosive onto an asteroid to make a crater on its surface and collect underground samples to find possible clues to the origin of the solar system. The mission is the riskiest for Hayabusa2, as it has to immediately get away so it won’t get hit by flying shards from the blast. (ISAS/JAXA via AP)

TOKYO — Japan’s space agency said its Hayabusa2 spacecraft released an explosive onto an asteroid to make a crater on its surface and collect underground samples to find possible clues to the origin of the solar system.

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