Watch out-of-this-world video of space probe landing on asteroid
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has literally released out-of-this-world video footage.
The new footage from the space agency -- made up of still images captured at intervals of between 0.5 and five seconds -- provides a sped-up view of the touchdown.
Before the spacecraft landed, it dropped a bright, white marker onto the asteroid’s surface, which helped mission staff carefully land the probe.
The video was compiled from its Cam-H monitor camera which was pointed past the craft's rock sampling mechanism.
After the probe landed on the asteroid, it fired a metal bullet into the ground to blast up debris. The probe then captured these pieces before the spacecraft lifted back into orbit.