Pictures confirm Hayabusa2 made a crater in asteroid Ryugu

The Japanese spacecraft can now grab some asteroid dust from below the surface

asteroid Ryugu before and after crater pics

BEFORE AND AFTER  Pictures from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft show the surface of the asteroid Ryugu on March 22 (left) and April 25 (right) Japanese time, before and after the spacecraft blasted a crater (dotted line) into the asteroid’s surface.

JAXA, The Univ. of Tokyo, Kochi Univ., Rikkyo Univ., Nagoya Univ., Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji Univ., The Univ. of Aizu, AIST

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