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History in the making: Japan lands two rovers on asteroid

27 September 2018
History in the making: Japan lands two rovers on asteroid

What will the rovers do on the asteroid 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.

Japanese space agency JAXA has claimed that it created history on Saturday by successfully landing two unmanned rovers on an asteroid.

The rovers were able to send back some fantastic pictures that were transmitted back to Earth via Hayabusa-2. The rovers came from the spacecraft Hayabusa2.

This photo shows the view from asteroid Ryugu from the Minerva-II1A.

Hayabusa2 has successfully deployed MINERVA-II 1a and MINERVA-II 1b, and they're already hopping around on Ryugu's surface.

One dropped this past weekend, and in it were two 18cm diameter MINERVA-II rovers.

The agency previously failed to land a rover on another asteroid in a similar mission. "This is just a real charm of deep space exploration", said Takashi Kubota, a spokesman for the space agency.

Rover in motion. Image captured by Rover-1A on 22 September while moving (during a hop) on the surface of Ryugu.

By taking advantage of the low gravity on Ryugu, the rovers will be able to bounce over the surface. On 14 February 2000, NEAR settled into orbit around its primary target Eros, and touched down on the asteroid's surface in February 2001, transmitting close-up images as it descended.

The Hayabusa2 team has clarified the issue in communication is due to the position on the MINERVA - II1.

"I can not find words to express how happy I am that we were able to realise mobile exploration on the surface of an asteroid", said Yuichi Tsuda, project manager for the Hayabusa2 mission.

"I felt awed by what we had achieved in Japan". From this crater, the probe will collect "fresh" materials unexposed to millennia of wind and radiation.

A third rover called MASCOT will be launched from Hayabusa2 in early October, CNN said.

It's expected that Hayabusa2 will bring back the soil and rock samples back to the Earth in 2020.