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How Do You Make a Crater on an Asteroid? A Japanese Spacecraft Will Try With a Bomb Tonight

4 Apr 2019, 23:30 UTC
How Do You Make a Crater on an Asteroid? A Japanese Spacecraft Will Try With a Bomb Tonight Jaxa/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

A Japanese space mission that has been studying an asteroid not far from Earth on Thursday night (Friday in Japan) attempted to fire a copper projectile at its surface. While the detonation of the explosive was not yet confirmed, the spacecraft’s other operations were successful.

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