Hayabusa2 and a space impact experiment on the asteroid 162173 Ryugu
Speaker: Koji Wada (Chiba Institute of Technology)
Hayabusa2, the 2nd Japanese asteroid explorer and sample return mission, has successfully brought samples of the asteroid Ryugu back to the Earth on December 6, 2020. Hayabusa2 achieved a lot of outstanding missions, such as revealing the characteristics of Ryugu as a top-shaped, rubble pile asteroid, sampling from two different points on the surface of Ryugu, and making an artificial impact crater on Ryugu. In this talk, I would like to present and discuss the outcomes of Hayabusa2, focusing on the impact experiment conducted with the Small Carry-on Impactor.