Astronomers have chosen a new target for “Hayabusa-2”

Specialists interplanetary station “Hayabusa-2” has presented two possible work plan of the station after it will drop a capsule with the ground of the asteroid Ryugu in the Earth’s atmosphere. In both cases it is assumed the study of small near-earth asteroids flyby of Venus or of another near-earth asteroid, it is reported in Twitter of the mission.

Automatic interplanetary station “Hayabusa-2” was launched into space in 2014, and in the middle of 2018 got to earth 900-foot asteroid (162173) Ryugu. During the half year, the unit mapped the asteroid, took samples of the substance from its surface and inner layers, has created a man-made crater and dropped to the Ryuga four re-entry module, which gathered valuable scientific data, as well as the balls with the names of thousands of people. In November 2019, the station left the orbit of an asteroid headed towards Earth — it is expectedthat on December 6, 2020, it will drop a capsule with soil samples in the atmosphere of our planet, then that needs to land on a test polygon Woomera in Australia.

All scientific instruments are in working condition, also on Board there is a stock of a few tens of kilograms of xenon, used for movement, so a team of engineers and scientists announced the extension of the scientific program “Hayabusa-2” and began to plan further action.

At the moment there are two variants of development of events after reset of the capsule to the Ground. The first involves a visit to a small and rapidly rotating near-earth asteroid 2001 AV43 of the Apollo group, which belongs to the spectral class S. In this case, the station will arrive to him in November 2029, having before it two gravitational maneuver near the Earth in 2025 and 2026 and the flyby of Venus in 2024. In the latter case, she will conduct observations of the planet’s atmosphere in the infrared range, and the resulting data, scientists are then compared with the data of the automatic station “akatsuki”, which is now operating in orbit around Venus.

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