By Meghan Bartels, Senior Writer, Space.com

A Japanese spacecraft deployed a heavy, explosive-packed copper plate toward the asteroid Ryugu in an attempt to create an artificial crater last night (April 4), but it’s still unclear how the dramatic operation went.

The Hayabusa2 spacecraft, which has been studying the 3,000-foot-wide (900 meters) Ryugu up close since last June, released a 4.4-lb. (2 kilograms) hunk of copper late last night, along with a camera known as DCAM3 to record this “Small Carry-on Impactor” (SCI) operation.

“The spacecraft state is normal and it was confirmed that the evacuation operation, the separation of the SCI and DCAM3 went as planned. The SCI separation and evacuation sequence were a success,” mission team members wrote on Twitter around 2 a.m. EDT (0600 GMT and 3 p.m. Japan time) today (April 5).

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Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

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  1. There are some ‘weird’ shaped asteroids out there, wonder when/or/already someone has a satellite around that one worth more than 1,000 Earth’s precious metals, gold, silver, platinum, illumine and many others.

  2. I believe shaped charges were invented by a Japanese physicist and went into the design of the first nuclear bombs. Now they’re bombing objects in space for research. It’s a crazy world that we live in.

    • ALot of What goes into the Japanese Military Developments comes mainly from their Folklore Creaters …….. like A ” Gundam ” is a Huge Humanoid Robot like you see in Movies and yes a Gundam has Cannons and Rockets to Shoot …………

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