Japan space probe reaches asteroid in search for origin of life

June 27, 2018
The probe was launched in 2014

A Japanese probe has reached an asteroid 300 million kilometres away to collect information about the birth of the solar system and the origin of life after a more than three-year voyage through deep space.

The Hayabusa2 probe successfully settled into an observation position 20 kilometres (12 miles) above the Ryugu asteroid, officials from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said Wednesday.

Researchers broke out into cheers when the probe arrived in place, a feat JAXA described as "shooting from Japan at a six centimetre target in Brazil".

"Today, we are at the beginning of a space science exploration that is unprecedented for humankind," project manager Yuichi Tsuda told reporters.

The successful mission came just days before the UN's International Asteroid Day on June 30, a global event to raise awareness about the hazards of an asteroid impact and technological progress to counter such a threat.

Scientists hope to glean clues about what gave rise to life on Earth from samples taken from Ryugu, which is thought to contain relatively large amounts of organic matter and water.

Photos of Ryugu—which means "Dragon Palace" in Japanese, a castle at the bottom of the ocean in an ancient Japanese tale—show an asteroid shaped a bit like a spinning top with a rough surface.

Japan space probe arrives at asteroid to collect samples
This computer graphics image provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) shows an asteroid and asteroid explorer Hayabusa2. The Japanese space explorer that will try to blow a crater in an asteroid and bring back samples from inside is nearing its destination after a 3 1/2 -year journey. The unmanned Hayabusa2 has arrived at the asteroid Wednesday, June 27, 2018, about 280 million kilometers (170 million miles) from Earth.(JAXA via AP)

The Hayabusa2 probe was in good shape and now ready to start exploring the asteroid over the coming 18 months, JAXA said.

The next stage is to identify suitable sites to take samples from once the probe touches down on the asteroid, scientist Seiichiro Watanabe said.

'Impactor'

Hayabusa2, about the size of a large fridge and equipped with solar panels, is the successor to JAXA's first asteroid explorer, Hayabusa—Japanese for falcon.

Japan space probe arrives at asteroid to collect samples
This computer graphics image provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) shows asteroid explorer Hayabusa2 landing on a crater that it made. The Japanese space explorer that will try to blow a crater in an asteroid and bring back samples from inside is nearing its destination after a 3 1/2 -year journey. The unmanned Hayabusa2 has arrived at the asteroid Wednesday, June 27, 2018, about 280 million kilometers (170 million miles) from Earth. (JAXA via AP)

That probe returned from a smaller, potato-shaped, asteroid in 2010 with dust samples despite various setbacks during its epic seven-year odyssey and was hailed as a scientific triumph.

The Hayabusa2 mission costs 30 billion yen ($274 million) and the probe was launched in December 2014. It will stay with the asteroid for 18 months before heading back to Earth with its samples.

Its total flight time was 1,302 days and it cruised 3.2 billion kilometres through space on a circuitous route to get to its target, Tsuda told reporters.

To collect its samples, it will release an "impactor" that will explode above the asteroid, shooting a two kilo (four pound) copper object into the surface to excavate a crater a few metres in diameter.

This image taken on June 24, 2018 and provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) shows asteroid of Ryugu that asteroid explorer Hayabusa2 was expected to reach as its target. The image was taken in the distance of about 40 kilometers (25 miles) between the explorer and the asteroid. The Japanese space explorer that will try to blow a crater in an asteroid and bring back samples from inside is nearing its destination after a 3 1/2 -year journey. The unmanned Hayabusa2 has arrived at the asteroid Wednesday, June 27, 2018, about 280 million kilometers (170 million miles) from Earth.(JAXA and partner institutions via AP)

From this crater, the probe will collect "fresh" materials unexposed to millennia of wind and radiation, hoping for answers to some fundamental questions about life and the universe, including whether elements from space helped give rise to life on Earth.

The probe will observe the surface with its camera and sensing equipment but will also drop tiny MINERVA-II rover robots as well as a French-German landing package named Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) for surface observation.

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FredJose
1.3 / 5 (12) Jun 27, 2018
, and scientists hope samples taken from the asteroid will offer clues about what gave rise to life on Earth.


Genesis 1 gives more than just a clue, it actually tells you Who designed and made life as well as in what order and how quickly life made its appearance here on spaceship Earth. it also fully informs us that there wasn't any need for evolution in order to have human beings on earth.

Of course if you believe in the evolutionary fairy tale, well, this satellite and its probe will leave you largely disappointed with the results it will get. Time will confirm this.
Misquoth
4.7 / 5 (13) Jun 27, 2018
I was going to respond with something witty and snarky, but I'll just remind you of the posting guidelines instead:

"Avoid political and religious discussions: Because of the complexity and ambiguity of this subject matter, political and religious discussions are not allowed."

This is a science news feed. If you're not interested in science, I suggest you find a different site to have religion based discussions. Or keep it sciency.

Thanks.
rrwillsj
not rated yet Jun 27, 2018
They are using a copper impactor to dislodge and disperse surface material? then land in the crater produced to take samples of sub-surface materials?

I hope the lander and for that matter the orbiting carrier are harden against the debris of surface material? Some of it might fly away. Some of it will remain orbiting the asteroid. Some of it will be pulled back onto the rock. There is always a margin of error in every explosion.

Another concern. I hope that copper impactor is an alloy of materials of obvious Earth Origin as to be easily differentiated from the composition of the Asteroid.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (1) Jun 27, 2018
Genesis 1 gives more than just a clue, it actually tells you Who designed and made life as well as in what order and how quickly life made its appearance here on spaceship Earth
I'm sure fred is aware that there are 2 contradictory creation stories in his book, which list man/animal and man/woman order of creation differently.

But since god based the entire book on people who never existed and events which never took place, who but truly committed self-deceivers like fred could believe any of it anyway?
This is a science news feed. If you're not interested in science
Godders ARE interested in science and will never give up trying to teach it to us, which is why we welcome their attempts here so they can be trashed properly and thoroughly.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (1) Jun 27, 2018
"Tel Aviv U archaeologist Ze'ev Herzog wrote in Haaretz:

"This is what archaeologists have learned from their excavations in the Land of Israel: the Israelites were never in Egypt, did not wander in the desert, did not conquer the land in a military campaign and did not pass it on to the 12 tribes of Israel. Perhaps even harder to swallow is that the united monarchy of David and Solomon, which is described by the Bible as a regional power, was at most a small tribal kingdom. And it will come as an unpleasant shock to many that the God of Israel, YHWH, had a female consort and that the early Israelite religion adopted monotheism only in the waning period of the monarchy and not at Mt Sinai.""

-And BTW there IS no mt sinai.

Fred gets his science from a god who either didn't know history, chose to ignore it, or intentionally replaced all evidence for it with completely convincing contrary evidence.

IE either incompetent or outrageously deceptive.

Like the typical believer.
rrwillsj
2.3 / 5 (3) Jun 27, 2018
Oh and Misquoth? I can understand your dismay and disgust at all us raving loons messing up this site's commentary section.

In today's modern society the loons have a voice as some of us do contribute to the public funding that supports a variety of research programs.

This site, with it's lack of moderation, allows us a forum to howl and bellow at one another. Think monkey's in a cage. Keeping us away from abusing the delicate sensibilities of real scientists communicating across private networks.

You might find the pissing contests abhorrent. While I find them hilarious and enjoy mocking everyone involved. Including myself.

And remember? I am one of those loons, cranks and ravers. It is my paranoid suspicion that this site is a front for research by Social Science and Psych Health.

Now Missquoth, I'm irreasonably certain that your intentions are not to sabot the collection of weird data for 'serious' scientific purposes by practical joking grad students?
somefingguy
5 / 5 (2) Jun 27, 2018
, and scientists hope samples taken from the asteroid will offer clues about what gave rise to life on Earth.


Genesis 1 gives more than just a clue, it actually tells you Who designed and made life as well as in what order and how quickly life made its appearance here on spaceship Earth. it also fully informs us that there wasn't any need for evolution in order to have human beings on earth.

Of course if you believe in the evolutionary fairy tale, well, this satellite and its probe will leave you largely disappointed with the results it will get. Time will confirm this.


So it is more rational to you that all life on Earth (and most likely other parts the universe) sprang into existence in six days, rather than the lengthy process PROVEN to have done so?
The cognitive dissonance in your life must be unbearable.
EnricM
5 / 5 (1) Jun 28, 2018
I was going to respond with something witty and snarky, but I'll just remind you of the posting guidelines instead:


Same here, but instead of answering I just reported the post. And as they say in Spain "Dog dead, rabies gone" ;)
TheGhostofOtto1923
5 / 5 (1) Jun 28, 2018
Same here, but instead of answering I just reported the post. And as they say in Spain "Dog dead, rabies gone" ;)
What's that gonna do? You've been here awhile, you know fred and his brethren have as well. And they never get banned.

rrwillsj
3 / 5 (2) Jun 28, 2018
I do not understand the urge to censor those you vehemently oppose? Frankly and Ernestly, not knowing of the lunatics out there? And what are they up to now? I can put up with a whole lot of nonsense just for this opportunity to monitor their delusions.
Surveillance_Egg_Unit
1 / 5 (2) Jun 29, 2018
...This is a science news feed. If you're not interested in science, I suggest you find a different site to have religion based discussions. Or keep it sciency.

Thanks.

says Misquoth

If you read the whole article, it says that the Japanese have sent this probe to the asteroid in order to find the origins of life within possible organic materials on the asteroid.

"From this crater, the probe will collect "fresh" materials unexposed to millennia of wind and radiation, hoping for answers to some fundamental questions about life and the universe, including whether elements from space helped give rise to life on Earth."

It appears that Fred Jose was simply responding to the Agency's search "for answers to some fundamental questions about life..."

If you had read that part, you might have understood why Fred Jose made his remarks wrt life being created on Earth, which is justified given the context of the article.
Surveillance_Egg_Unit
1 / 5 (1) Jun 29, 2018
, and scientists hope samples taken from the asteroid will offer clues about what gave rise to life on Earth.


Genesis 1 gives more than just a clue, it actually tells you Who designed and made life as well as in what order and how quickly life made its appearance here on spaceship Earth. it also fully informs us that there wasn't any need for evolution in order to have human beings on earth.

Of course if you believe in the evolutionary fairy tale, well, this satellite and its probe will leave you largely disappointed with the results it will get. Time will confirm this.


So it is more rational to you that all life on Earth (and most likely other parts the universe) sprang into existence in six days, rather than the lengthy process PROVEN to have done so?
The cognitive dissonance in your life must be unbearable.
says Somefingguy

Unfortunately, Fred Jose and I differ on what is written in Genesis1.
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Surveillance_Egg_Unit
1 / 5 (1) Jun 29, 2018
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Fred Jose appears to believe wholeheartedly in the 6-day,24 hour Creation period, whereas my understanding of Genesis is that the writer(s) of certain parts of the Pentateuch had misinterpreted what was dictated to him/them wrt the timeframe of that time period during which Life was created by God the Creator in the waters of Earth. I reject the short timeframe of the Creation and it is invariably apparent that after Life was initially created in the waters, the Creator PROGRAMMED the new life forms to EVOLVE so that they would slowly become multi-celled plants and animals from the original single-celled life forms. It would take a billion years or more for the process of evolution to occur. Each single cell joined with other single cells while communicating because of the Creator's programming. As they joined and became multi-celled they also became motile, producing DNA/RNA according to their evolved algorithms.
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Surveillance_Egg_Unit
1 / 5 (1) Jun 29, 2018
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As I have said before in another thread, all life forms are ORGANIC MACHINES. Humans and animals are organic machines - and the similarities to motor vehicles and other machinery is awesome, IMO.
Fred Jose believes a bit differently and that is his prerogative. I don't condemn his version of Genesis because we are all equal under the Sun.
Surveillance_Egg_Unit
4 / 5 (1) Jun 29, 2018
In any case, best wishes to JAXA and good hunting.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (1) Jun 29, 2018
. I reject the short timeframe of the Creation and it is invariably apparent that after Life was initially created in the waters
And who the hell do you think YOU are for deciding what god said and why he said it? What makes YOU think you have the RIGHT to reinterpret the word of GOD to suit your own notions of how things OUGHT to be?
we are all equal under the Sun
Yeah, you all think you know what god meant better than he did.

You're exactly the sort of lunatic who invented him in the first place.

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