Hayabusa2 Rovers Successfully Land on Asteroid Ryugu

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A Japanese spacecraft released two small rovers on an asteroid in a mission that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system.

The MINERVA-II1B rover captured this view of asteroid Ryugu on September 21, 2018 shortly after separating from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Hayabusa2 spacecraft.

A probe sent into the cosmos by Japan's space agency has beamed back dazzling photos taken by two rovers that landed on an asteroid.

Японські роботи приземлилися на поверхню астероїда і надіслали
Rovers from Hayabusa2 land on asteroid

A pair of tiny JAXA robots, released by the Hayabusa2 probe, have successfully landed on the Ryugu asteroid and began transmitting images from the surface of the "potentially hazardous" object four years after the mission launch.

Taking advantage of the asteroid's low gravity, the rovers will jump around on the surface - soaring as high as 15 metres and staying in the air for as long as 15 minutes - to survey the asteroid's physical features.

The success marked the first time that rovers which can maneuver around the surface have been successfully placed on an asteroid, JAXA said.

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The probe will also release a French-German landing vehicle named Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (Mascot) for surface observation.

"I can not find words to express how happy I am that we were able to realize mobile exploration on the surface of an asteroid", said JAXA program manager Yuichi Tsuda.

"The good news made me so happy", Hayabusa2 project spokesperson Takashi Kubota said.

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They will also measure the surface temperature ahead of Hayabusa2's own landing late next month.

Ryugu in an Apollo-type potentially hazardous asteroid (PHA), with a diameter of around 0.6 miles (1 kilometer). The mission, which played out on Friday, aims to gather photos and data from the asteroid called Ryugu. Nowakowski's generous offer was gratefully received with the two organizations now working to better relay important developments as they pertain to space exploration.

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