Japan space agency lands two rovers on an asteroid for survey

Japan space agency lands two rovers on an asteroid for survey

Japan space agency lands two rovers on an asteroid for survey

Because of the asteroid's low gravity the rovers will be able to hop around across its surface.

Robots MINERVA?And MINERVA?In planted by the Japanese probe "Hayabusa 2", has taken the first pictures of an asteroid, the Ryuga, which is the goal of the study and sent them the team of scientists involved in this study.

The Japanese space agency JAXA has successfully landed two space rovers on a far-flung asteroid in the deep void of space.

Since landing, the rovers have sent back photos and data.

Hayabusa2, about the size of a large fridge and equipped with solar panels, is the successor to JAXA's first asteroid explorer, Hayabusa - Japanese for falcon. Hayabusa2 arrived on the advance-earth asteroid Ryugu in gradual June for what is going to be a year-and-a-1/2 peep. The giant asteroid's official designation is 162173 Ryugu.

Hayabusa2 has successfully deployed MINERVA-II 1a and MINERVA-II 1b, and they're already hopping around on Ryugu's surface. This would be the first-ever robotic observation of an Astroid surface. The agency attributed this to the rotation of the asteroid.

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"I am so proud that we have established a new method of space exploration for small celestial bodies", said JAXA project manager Yuichi Tsuda.

"The two rovers are in good condition and are transmitting images and data", the JAXA website reported. The tweets that accompany the images attempt to situate the viewer, but all you really need to know is that the rock is Ryugu and the light is from the sun.

The small rovers, MINERVA-II1.

"We confirmed that both aircraft landed on the surface of the asteroid ryugu". The agency has conducted a mission to research on the origin of the solar system.

The probe will then collect fresh materials from inside the crater which have not been exposed to wind and radiation. In mid-July, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), which is in charge of the Ryugu sample return mission, began operations to orbit Hayabusa closer to the asteroid.

The Hayabusa2 is also scheduled to deploy a bigger lander called MASCOT in October, following the successful landing.

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