Ryugu - a ‘di­a­mond’ in space

Ryugu - a ‘di­a­mond’ in space
Credit: University of Aizu, Kobe University, Auburn University, JAXA.

Ryugu - a ‘diamond’ in space

From the first im­ages of Ryugu tak­en by the ONC-T of the Japanese Hayabusa2 probe, the Japanese space agen­cy JAXA and sci­en­tists from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Aizu cre­at­ed a 3D mod­el of the as­ter­oid. In Oc­to­ber 2018, the MAS­COT lan­der, which was de­vel­oped and built by the Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR) in close co­op­er­a­tion with the French space agen­cy CNES (Cen­tre Na­tion­al d'Etudes Spa­tiales), is to land on the as­ter­oid. The ce­les­tial body will then be ex­plored us­ing four in­stru­ments.

From the first images of Ryugu taken by the ONC-T of the Japanese Hayabusa2 probe, the Japanese space agency JAXA and scientists from the University of Aizu created a 3D model of the asteroid. In October 2018, the MASCOT lander, which was developed and built by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in close cooperation with the French space agency CNES (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales), is to land on the asteroid. The celestial body will then be explored using four instruments.

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