Japanese Spacecraft Hurtling Towards an Asteroid Shaped Like a Gemstone. Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa-2 blasted off four years back moving towards a small asteroid that was then known only as 1999 JU3. There weren’t sufficient details about the 1999 JU3 back then and also was devoid of a good picture of the object. But JAXA, the Japanese space agency still scheduled to visit it with Hayabusa-2, utilized explosives to explode rubble off its surface, ladling recent asteroid dust and restitute its cargo successively to Earth after precipitating a handful of mini-rovers on the exterior of the asteroid.
The asteroid required a better name. Finally it was reawakened as Ryugu acquiring its name from the underwater palace of Dragon God in Japanese mythology. The protagonist in one Japanese legend calls Ryugu and travel back with precious cargo, a course that Hayabusa-2’s generator wish to reproduce with more triumph than the indigenous Hayabusa mission. While that sample return mission to an asteroid did surpass the reclaiming of a very minute sample of asteroid dust in 2010, the mission faced a lot of impediments and stopped working.
Hayabusa-2 commenced its final approximate towards Ryugu on June 3; the asteroid is commencing to be a center of attention. However, some time is spent to acquire a clear picture. By June 14, Hayabusa-2 was 700 km away, and JAXA researchers were ultimately able to observe the asteroid’s rotation, which is regressive, rotating in the contradictory direction in association to the sphere of planets around the Sun. It was also rotating in the vertical axis.