This spacecraft shot a “bullet” into an asteroid.
Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft touched down on the Ryugu asteroid in February 2019. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) released the incredible footage on March 5, 2019.
The .6-mile-wide asteroid is believed to contain organic matter and water from approximately 4.6 billion years ago. Hayabusa2 shot a bullet into Ryugu’s surface to collect debris for analysis on Earth in 2020. Scientists say Ryugu will teach them about the solar system’s formation.
Hayabusa2 reached the asteroid in June 2018. As of March 2019, the spacecraft is hovering 12 miles above the asteroid and is slated to land on the surface against in April 2019.