Hayabusa2, who left the samples collected from the Ryugu asteroid to Earth, set off towards its new destination earlier this month. Japanese researchers have now published images of the target new asteroid.

Japanese space agency JAXA has released photos of the new asteroid 1998 KY26 at the target of Hayabusa2. In the little gif above we see the motion of the asteroid in space. Gif is created by combining three different photos taken by the Subaru Telescope.

The Hayabusa2 spacecraft left the sample materials it collected in its main mission, the Ryugu asteroid, to Earth earlier this month, and this historic mission was at the end. However, because Hayabusa2 itself did not land on Earth, Japanese researchers decided to use the remaining fuel of the spacecraft for some extra missions. The 1998 KY26 asteroid will be the first of these extra missions. Hayabusa is expected to reach 1998 KY26 in 2026 and make a close pass.

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Japanese space agency JAXA has released photos of the new asteroid 1998 KY26 at the target of Hayabusa2. In the little gif above we see the motion of the asteroid in space. Gif is created by combining three different photos taken by the Subaru Telescope.

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The Hayabusa2 spacecraft left the sample materials it collected in its main mission, the Ryugu asteroid, to Earth earlier this month, and this historic mission was at the end. However, because Hayabusa2 itself did not land on Earth, Japanese researchers decided to use the remaining fuel of the spacecraft for some extra missions. The 1998 KY26 asteroid will be the first of these extra missions. Hayabusa is expected to reach 1998 KY26 in 2026 and make a close pass.

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Making some statements on the subject, Hayabusa2 task manager Dr. Makoto Yoshikawa said, “After dropping the sample capsule to Earth, Hayabusa2 is on its way to a new target object. The new target will be a small asteroid named 1998 KY26. For the first time in history, a mission to such a small asteroid is being organized, so both planetary science and planetary defense. “Protecting the Earth from colliding with celestial bodies). These observations made by the Subaru Telescope will provide crucial data for Hayabusa2’s extended mission.” He spoke in the form.

1998 KY26 is only 30 meters wide, so it’s a fairly small asteroid. It is not possible for Hayabusa2 to orbit such a small asteroid, so it will only make a close pass and continue its way in space. Hayabusa is expected to collect scientific data and capture fascinating photos about the asteroid during the close pass.

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