JAXA, University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, University of Aizu, AIST
SCI Impact Site, Before and After
We allowed time for the debris to clear from the vicinity of Ryugu, and then on 25 April Hayabusa2 descended again to observe the impact spot and analyze the crater with the onboard suite of instruments. We found that the SCI had created a crater about 10 meters in diameter inside an affected area about double that size. The science team will use stereo images to analyze the shape and size of the crater and spectrometers to compare the weathered surface to the freshly exposed material.