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Japanese probe Hayabusa 2 was launched to the asteroid - VIDEO PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 05 December 2014 10:59

The company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the Japanese Space Agency reported the successful launch from the Baikonur Tanegashima launch vehicle H-IIA F26 machine with HayabUSA 2 ("HayabUSA" - "Falcon"), which will have to fly to the asteroid 1999 JU3, take soil samples and return back to Earth at the end of 2020. The rocket was launched at 1:22:04 p.m.
December 3, local time. Launch was held in the normal mode. To date, confirmed the successful separation of HayabUSA 2 and its output to the desired trajectory. The current start-up, according to representatives of the Japanese space agency, also confirmed the high reliability of missiles H-IIA / B. The number of successful launches of rockets is 96.7%.
HayabUSA probe 2 is the successor of the machine HayabUSA, who will return to Earth in June 2010, samples of asteroid dust. The new device will help to learn more about the evolution of the solar system and the availability of the material in it for life.
The purpose of HayabUSA 2 asteroid will be 1999 JU3 class C. This is a typical dark near-Earth asteroids. It is believed that this group asteroids least change with time in comparison with, for example, asteroids class S, which belonged to the asteroid Itokawa (Itokva). HayabUSA 2 will reach the asteroid in mid-2018 and will stay in it and a half years.

 

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