Ryugu – a ‘diamond’ in space

3D model of the asteroid Ryugu
Ryugu – a ‘diamond’ in space
Based on the first images of Ryugu, taken by the Optical Navigation Camera – Telescopic (ONC-T) of the Japanese Hayabusa2 space probe, the Japanese space agency JAXA and researchers from the University of Aizu developed a 3D model of the asteroid. In October 2018, the lander MASCOT, developed and built by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) in close cooperation with the French space agency CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales), will land on the asteroid. The celestial body will then be researched using four instruments.

University of Aizu, Kobe University, Auburn University, JAXA.