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[International responses] A space probe Hayabusa 2, Touchdown on a C-type asteroid Ryugu / JAXA

A Japanese probe Hayabusa 2 is quite a popular topic these days. Let us take a look at German responses.

Deutsche Welle” – Germany’s international media, which reports in English has published a detailed article on it. I use a part of the article as a citation by translating. 

Hayabusa 2 is supposed to land on the asteroid and collect rocks and dust to take back home to Earth. Landing on a moving object in outer space is not an easy feat. However, researchers are having a big hope on it.

DEUTSCHE WELLE, SCIENCE, “JAPANESE SPACE PROBE HAYABUSA 2: MISSION TO EXPLORE UNIVERSE’S ORIGINS“, DATE 15.02.2019, AUTHOR CARLA BLEIKER

Hayabusa 2 has been developed by JAXA (Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency) as a successor of a probe Hayabusa. It was developed in a way to supplement weaknesses discovered by the Hayabusa mission. 

If Hayabusa 2 was successful with the mission this time and was able to let researchers to make a research about rocks and sands from Ryugu, it will be a great help with finding out the origin of the universe.

Ryugu is categorized into a C-type asteroid, whose surface is affluent with organic substances. This type is more primitive than other asteroids, which means with a high likelihood a C-type asteroid has information, which has something to do with the formation stage of the solar system.

This sounds very interesting, isn’t it? The information regarding the beginning of the solar system sounds something so far that it’s hard to relate ourselves to it. By the way, when there is an universe related topic, I feel like myself, my surroundings and my every day life are all so tiny and unimportant stuff 😀

Hayabusa 2 had blasted off in December 2014 on a 3.2 billion-kilometer journey (equivalent to roughly 80,000 trips around the Earth’s circumference) to Ryugu, whis named after a mythical Japanese under-water castle. The probe carried several landers that touched down on the asteroid in 2018 and collected information.

DEUTSCHE WELLE, SCIENCE, “JAPANESE SPACE PROBE HAYABUSA 2: MISSION TO EXPLORE UNIVERSE’S ORIGINS“, DATE 15.02.2019, AUTHOR CARLA BLEIKER

About 80,000 trips around the circumference of the Earth… this is again hard to relate to yourself. In the universe related topics they usually talk about extremely long/far distance that you can hardly imagine.

In order to help you imagining a bit more concretely, regarding the size of Hayabusa 2 – it seems like it’s in a size of a large fridge and equipped with solar panels. I personally thought it’d be bigger (A size of a small helicopter? I thought it’d be large enough that a human being can get onboard).

Among them: the “Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout” (MASCOT) landing vehicle, built by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the French space agency CNES, that took images, investigated minerals, gauged surface temperatures and measured magnetic fields on the asteroid.

DEUTSCHE WELLE, SCIENCE, “JAPANESE SPACE PROBE HAYABUSA 2: MISSION TO EXPLORE UNIVERSE’S ORIGINS“, DATE 15.02.2019, AUTHOR CARLA BLEIKER

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is a historical research and development organization for universe related themes founded in 1907. The headquarter is located in Cologne and about 8,000 people are working there. Apart from Cologne, there are 20 locations domestically and four locations abroad.

On the other hand, JAXA was founded in 2003 and the number of employees is about 1,600, therefore we can see that DLR has a longer history and is a bigger organization.

If the mission was successful, Hayabusa 2 is going to come back to the Earth in 2020 with the sample of sands and rocks. Let’s hope that everything goes as planned and it would have a safe trip back home with the valuable information. So that it could help us with understanding the origin of the universe.

When I experience something very shocking or sad in my every day life, I tend to think about the universe ultimately, in order to overcome it.

Human being is such an intelligent and clever creature, which has developed such an advanced life style on the Earth.

Nevertheless, we cannot find out our origin – the origin of all this environment that we live in, which are human beings, Earth, universe, galaxy etc. ourselves including other creatures – and I guess, if researchers continued making researches and if the technology developed further and we were able to easily go traveling to universe, human beings wouldn’t be able to fully understand the origin of all this.

Therefore, if something unexpected and negative happened, I try to consider that it’s just a part of this unknown concept.

Of course, if something shocking, sad or negative happened to yourself, it’s just sad or furious, and those emotions of human beings are very hard to control.

However, if you consider that they are just a part of this unknown concept originated from the galaxy, you might be able to take a step back from the very emotional situation and see it calmly. It might sound kind of pity, but it’s a bit like “you can give up getting bothered by it”, and it would make it easier for you to accept the bad situation happened to you. In other words, you would be able to think someday like, we are living in such a unknown environment, that it’s natural that something unexpected or unacceptable happen sometimes.

In contrast, when something fantastic happened or when I feel happy, I tend to get absorbed in those happy moments/feelings and I don’t think about the universe at all. It’s mystical…

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