It began its expansion on February 21, 6AM hours of Japan, taking pictures of what it saw as it approached the asteroid. This photo was one last taken before it fired the bullet:
Due to its lost contact with its land team, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency has to wait for its redemption and restore communications. a second in the bullet fire and going back again, though & # 39; t, so we're just waiting to hear if samples are successfully collected.
– Gene J. Mikulka, CC (@ genejm29) February 21, 2019
Here is an edited version of that video that just showed JAXA, where the tantalum fire is burning over. pic.twitter.com/mCLkBoWK94
– Jason Davis (@jasonrdavis) 21 February 2019
This operation should take place back in October, but the ground team discovered from Ryugu's surface has much bigger gravel than they thought. They need to take lab experiments before they run a go. Now that this attempt is successful, they expect to burn an asteroid fireworks later this year to create a crater and collect additional fragments.
Hayabusa2 is scheduled to leave Ryugu in December 2019 and return home a year later. These samples give light to what is like the early solar system and can give us more information about the possibility that asteroids have planted Earth with organic matter that leads to life on our planet.