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Japan creates first artificial crater on asteroid

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Congratulations on the bombing.

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I am currently reading The Expanse series of incredible Space Opera adventures. It is several hundreds of years in the future and humans live out in the stars. One major base is deep in Luna (the moon). Maybe this crater creation is the beginning of the reality of us moving beyond our current boundaries... exciting!

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Excellent job! Kudos to the Japan Space Agency.

Are we alone in the universe or not? Either way it's scary.

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Congratulations to JAXA! Amazing news! Japan may not be at USA level in space research, but is rising very fast.

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Congratulations to Japan and space agency, doing the world proud.

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What a breakthrough!

Cutting edge technology innovatively applied with precision .

Japanese - the masters of detail.

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first crater!?, I thought the Deep impact spacecraft by NASA in 2005 of a comet was the first. Comet is just bascially many smaller asteroids and dust all bunched together

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Very cool, nicely done!

Its refreshing to read Japan doing some good & in this case VERY interesting stuff! Japan needs MORE of this kind of thing happening up there in space & hopefully back here on these isles!

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GWToday 12:04 pm JSTVery cool, nicely done!

Its refreshing to read Japan doing some good & in this case VERY interesting stuff! Japan needs MORE of this kind of thing happening up there in space & hopefully back here on these isles!

Great news indeed, and another achievement in space science. American news media hardly covers stuff like this at all.

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Great news indeed, and another achievement in space science. American news media hardly covers stuff like this at all.

probably because theyve already done it.

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Congratulations to JAXA! Amazing news! Japan may not be at USA level in space research, but is rising very fast.

yes well done to Japan with their limited budget,

meanwhile 200+ million km away a number of Mars rovers that have landed on the red planet have driven dozens of km on its surface taking photos and rock samples, even drilling into the surface, they just recently measured the first ever marsquake

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This is amazing.

Are we alone in the universe or not?

Heck, no! But all the other civilizations out there have the same problem we have - no warp speed except in fiction. Good fiction, but still fiction. Light speed ain't gonna do it, the nearest solar system is over 4 light years away from us.

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@Serrano

Not sure why you were voted down.

Light speed ain't gonna do it, the nearest solar system is over 4 light years away from us.

But, but... If we can get to light speed (also likely fiction), won't we get anywhere instantly from our point of view. It's only those we leave behind that think it took a long time.

(Brain hurting...)

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"yes well done to Japan with their limited budget,"

Well then; ask the US of A to obtain similar results using Japan's budget.

Then gloat about it.

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wtfjapanApr. 26 01:47 pm JSTGreat news indeed, and another achievement in space science. American news media hardly covers stuff like this at all.

probably because theyve already done it.

NASA hasn't achieved a feat like this yet. They were the first to visit an asteroid (Eros) around 2000 but they never probed as extensively, made a crater or brought back asteroid rocks + dust like this mission. Not yet.

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Then gloat about it.

who said anything about gloating, just stating facts, if anything its the J media are the ones gloating, stating its a first of its kind when it clearly isnt. You dont win space races with limited budgets, Japan is currently a distant 4th or 5th when it come to space exporation, China USA EU all spend considerable more money and the results will show. While Japan is shooting at rocks in space the US EU China are all aiming for bases on the moon and sending people to Mars. So unless Japan really start spending money where its needed and starts leading itll be doing repeats of the past and claiming them as innovation.

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NASA hasn't achieved a feat like this yet. They were the first to visit an asteroid (Eros) around 2000 but they never probed as extensively, made a crater or brought back asteroid rocks + dust like this mission. Not yet.

they impacted a comet in 2005 and yeah they visited the biggest asteroid you see in the sky, the moon, brought back a couple hundred pounds of moon rocks they even managed to land people on there to collect it for them and brought them all the way home alive. that was 50yrs ago. So as I stated before its a great achievement for the budget Japan is given, but its not very newsworthy unfortunely outside of Japan mainly because its already been done. Meanwhile China has put their own astronaut into space wthout hitching a ride on a Russian or US rocket/shuttle and is planing a moon landing in the not too distant future. So when you look at the big picture of space exploration Japan really has to set it priorities before it gets left in the astro dust.

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wtf,

The moon isn’t an asteroid. Hitting an asteroid is more difficult because of its size and orbit. Plus, there is no need to find the composition of the Moon. Everyone knows it is made of green cheese. Japan is doing real science, while the US is looking for expensive pizza toppings.

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Great news indeed, and another achievement in space science. American news media hardly covers stuff like this at all.

Stuff like this is well covered in the space industry news.

https://www.rocketlaunch.live/

https://www.space.com/japan-blasts-crater-asteroid-ryugu-hayabusa2-photo.html

https://spaceflightnow.com/2019/04/05/hayabusa-2-sci-operation/

https://spacenews.com/astroscale-raises-30-million-opens-u-s-office-in-denver/

Mainstream news barely covers Space stuff.

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The moon isn’t an asteroid. Hitting an asteroid is more difficult because of its size and orbit.

oh pleeeease clearly have no idea what your talking about, NASA had to launch and carry tons of equipment to the moon with astronauts, orbit the moon land two astronauts on the moon explore the lunar surface then return them back to earth alive. they did all this with computers that had less processing power than today's smartphones. Fast forward 50yrs and with all the modern computers advanced manufacturing techniques and materials of today Japan is gloating that they put a satellite in orbit around an asteroid, which NASA also did twice in 2000 and impacted a comet in 2005. SO like I stated before its a great achievement for the budget Japan is given but on a scale of space exploration of the past and what is planned for the future Japans achievement is hardly world changing.

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NASA had to launch and carry tons of equipment to the moon with astronauts

Astronauts aren't the same as asteroids, either. Are you confused about the topic of this article? Not about the US, not about the moon, not about astronauts, not about old computers, not about NASA, not about your pride not your interest in comets, which are not asteroids either.

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Astronauts aren't the same as asteroids

no theyre far more difficult to keep alive in the vaacum of space, why would I be prideful Im not even American. You stating that Japans achievement if unique and far beyong what NASA has achieved but you couldnt be more wrong.

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The question is why you look at an article about Japan’s achievement and want to minimize it, or say what is isn’t, or to say who did something better.

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The question is why you look at an article about Japan’s achievement and want to minimize it, or say what is isn’t, or to say who did something better.

because whenver Japan do something they claim it as unique make it as an achievement far beyond anybody else , which in almost all cases its not. Look at the big picture of space exploration what Japan has done and where it want to go, its not really in the same ballpark of the US , Russia, EU or even China.

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FarmboyApr. 28 11:38 am JSTThe question is why you look at an article about Japan’s achievement and want to minimize it, or say what is isn’t, or to say who did something better.

wtfjapanApr. 28 01:04 pm JSTThe question is why you look at an article about Japan’s achievement and want to minimize it, or say what is isn’t, or to say who did something better.

because whenver Japan do something they claim it as unique make it as an achievement far beyond anybody else , which in almost all cases its not. Look at the big picture of space exploration what Japan has done and where it want to go, its not really in the same ballpark of the US , Russia, EU or even China.

The point of this is, is that JAXA has accomplished something no one has done before. They are taking a further step based on what others have done. NASA was the first to visit an asteroid and now JAXA is building on the momentum with a further step. No, Japan doesn't 'measure up' as good in space exploration as the Americans, Russians, ESA but the fact is that this mission is the first of its kind. It's another giant leap in mankind's quest for scientific knowledge which we all can benefit from.

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because whenver Japan do something they claim it as unique make it as an achievement far beyond anybody else , which in almost all cases its not.

Except in this case, it is. No one has ever done this before.

Your comment shows that your problem isn't with what was done, it's with who did it.

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Except in this case, it is. No one has ever done this before.

A comet was impacted by a space probe in 2005, and another probe visited another astoroid on 2000.

space rocks were brought back from the Apollo missions nearly 50yrs ago. So what Japan has done here while not identical has been done before. While what Japan has done while impressive for its budget, do you think Japan could send its own astronaut into space on its own rocket, do you think they could send rovers to Mars or even send people to the moon, highly unlikely. I dont care what Japan does with its space exploration but to suggest it is on par with Russia US, EU or even China is hopeful at best.

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"A comet was impacted by a space probe in 2005, and another probe visited another astoroid on 2000."

A comet is not an asteroid!!!!

"another probe visited another astoroid on 2000.""

But did not land on it.

Hayabusa 1 already had landed on Itokawa and brought back samples.

Deny all you want; it does not change reality.

"Japan Just Became the First Country to Land a Probe on an Asteroid"

http://fortune.com/2018/09/23/japan-minerva-asteroid-ryugu-first-space/

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"Japan Just Became the First Country to Land a Probe on an Asteroid"

you have to give credit where credit is due.

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