Asteroid Being Observed By Japanese Spacecraft Turns Out To Be Dumpling-Shaped

June 18, 2018 6:56 pm Last Updated: June 18, 2018 6:56 pm

A Japanese spacecraft has gotten its first clear view of Ryugu, an oddly-shaped asteroid that many say looks like a dango dumpling.

Hayabusa2, the Japanese spacecraft, is set to arrive on the asteroid around June 27th. Although Ryugu appears to be smooth like a dumpling, it is riddled with craters, according to the Japanese Space Exploration Agency. Once the Hayabusa2 arrives on the object, it will create a crater of its own.

Those interested in following the spacecraft and its findings can get updates from the spacecraft’s twitter account: @haya2e_jaxa.