Hayabusa2's impactor hits asteroid Ryugu
(5 April 2019 - JAXA) The SCI (Small Carry-on Impactor) which was carried onboard JAXA's asteroid explorer Hayabusa2 has been deployed and has impacted on the surface of Ryugu.
SCI was released from Hayabusa2 which then moved to the other side of the asteroid to protect it from damage from any ejecta formed when SCI hit the surface of the asteroid.
JAXA is now investigating the impact site and is hoping to confirm shortly that a new crater has been formed on the surface of the asteroid.
An image of separated SCI taken with the Optical Navigation Camera - Wide angle (ONC-W1) on April 5, 2019 at an onboard time of around 10:56 JST, photographed from approximately 500 meters above Ryugu (courtesy: JAXA, The University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, The University of Aizu, AIST)
This image captured by the camera separated from Hayabusa2 (DCAM3) shows ejection from Ryugu’s surface, which was caused by the collision of the SCI against Ryugu. The image was taken at 11:36 a.m., April 5, 2019 (Indicated by the camera, Japan time) (courtesy: JAXA, Kobe University, Chiba Institute of Technology, The University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Kochi University, Aichi Toho University, The University of Aizu, and Tokyo University of Science)