The Japanese space probe “Hayabusa 2” is landed in about 340 million km from earth successfully on the asteroid Ryugu. The Japanese space Agency Jaxa announced on Friday.

The unmanned probe to collect Material from the surface. To fired this purpose, Hayabusa 2 “” a small explosive device, in order to form an artificial crater. The probe Material is to capture the asteroid. It will, however, take a few days to be confirmed could be that the first samples could be collected as planned. The researchers want to come up with the Mission of the origins of the solar system on the track.

by the end of next year to return the probe to earth. Its predecessor model was already launched worldwide in 2010 for the first time, soil samples of an asteroid to the earth. “Hayabusa 2” was launched in December 2014 in Japan and reached after almost four years in All at the end of June last year, your goal. The German center for air and space travel (DLR) and the French space Agency, CNES, developed the Lander by the name of “Mascot” was landed in October to Ryugu, and had explored this for hours until his battery went out.

The “Mascot” of the collected data could provide were important insights about the formation of our earth and for the prevention of asteroid strikes. During the “Mascot” remains to Ryugu, the Mission of the probe “Hayabusa 2” now. Ryugu is the underwater Palace of the dragon king from the Japanese Tradition.

dpa