A Japanese spacecraft is getting in touch with the surface area of an asteroid about 280 million kilometers (170 million miles) from Earth.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency proclaimed Thursday that Hayabusa2 started its own approach at 1:15 p.m.
The start was postponed for about five hours for a security check, but the unmanned craft is still is on account of touch down as scheduled on Friday morning.
It would make an attempt to obtain materials from the asteroid which could provide clues about the origin of the solar system and life on Earth.
The landing will need precision. Hayabusa2 is aiming for a 6-metre- ( 20-foot- ) wide strip to stay away fromhindrances on the asteroid’s surface.
The asteroid is about 900 meters (3,000 feet) in diameter. It is named Ryugu after an undersea palace in a Japanese folktale.