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the second touchdown on Ryugu asteroid video

On July 11, the Hayabusa2 spacecraft made its second touchdown at the surface of the asteroid Ryugu. This brief landing took place near the site of the artificial crater that had been created in April with an impactor.

The Japanese space agency (Jaxa) had already released photos of this second touchdown. After February and the "touch and go" procedure, the objective was to collect material samples from deeper levels that had not been eroded.

The Jaxa compiled in a video footage taken on July 11th before, during and after the brief landing by the Hayabusa2 CAM-H camera. It should be noted, this small camera, which is the result of a collaboration between Jaxa and the Tokyo Science University, was developed and installed on the probe thanks to public donations.

The video is accelerated ten times. At the beginning of the video, Hayabusa2 was 8.5 m from Ryugu's surface and 150 m from the end of the video. CAM-H captured images 4 seconds before touchdown, at touchdown, and 4 seconds after at intervals of 0.5 to 5 seconds.

It is during the return to Earth of the samples that the collection of Hayabusa2 can be confirmed with certainty. This return in a capsule is planned for the end of 2020.