Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Asteroid Sample
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has just released a new video of their Hayabusa2 spacecraft touching down on Asteroid Ryugu on July 11th. The footage was captured with its monitor camera, Cam-H, pointed past the craft’s sampling mechanism. This camera was created through a collaborative effort between JAXA and the Tokyo University of Science, and installed with the help of public donations. Read more for the video and additional information.

Before landing on Asteroid Ryugu, Hayabusa2 dropped a bright, white marker onto its surface to help mission staff slowly and carefully land the craft in the correct spot. After touching down it shot a tantalum bullet into the asteroid to blast up debris, which made its way into Hayabusa2’s sampler horn. The craft then lifted off, leaving the asteroid.