Images of the asteroid Ryugu acquired between 18 and 20 June 2018 by the Japanese Optical Navigation Camera – Telescopic (ONC-T) on board Hayabusa2, during the spacecraft’s approach. Among other things, a large rock with a diameter of approximately 150 metres can be seen protruding from the upper part of Ryugu. This is clearly visible because part of the surface is more reflective. This could indicate differences in the composition of the surface material. The ONC was developed and built under the leadership of JAXA in collaboration with the University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, Aizu University and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) with contracted contributions from the company NEC.
JAXA, University of Tokyo & collaborators.
DLR Microgravity User Support Center (MUSC)
SMP to collect samples from surface of asteroid. Cylinder-shaped sampler horn will be lowered to surface, shooting out a small projectile once it makes contact with the surface. Materials ejected will then be collected via a catcher
Remote sensing instruments to measure asteroid from Hayabusa2’s 20 kilometre-distance position. NIRS3 will investigate mineral and water metamorphism; TIR to study temperature and thermal inertia of asteroid
2 small rovers that will study the asteroid from its surface.
Small lander designed to study the asteroid using four observation devices and move across the asteroid.
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