Japan successfully lands robot rovers on asteroid's surface

This computer graphic image provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency shows two drum-shaped and solar-powered Minerva-II-1 rovers that were released on an asteroid on Friday

They Made It! Japan's Two Hopping Rovers Successfully Land on Asteroid Ryugu

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) stated on Friday that their space probe Hayabusa2 was preparing to release two rovers that would explore the Ryugu Asteroid.

JAXA officials announced on Saturday that images beamed back to Earth showed that the MINERVA-II1 rovers had touched down on the asteroid. They were deployed from Hayabusa 2's MINERVA-II-1 container at about 00:06 EDT, September 21 at an altitude of approximately 180 feet (55 meters) above Ryugu.

Tokyo Two small robotic rovers released from an unmanned Japanese spacecraft have landed on an asteroid 300 million kilometres away from earth.

The cautious announcement came after a similar JAXA probe in 2005 released a rover which failed to reach its target asteroid.

After the successful landing, the two rovers hopped around on the surface and shot colored images. Hayabusa2 is at the top, and the surface of Ryugu is bottom. (10 kg) lander called MASCOT, which was built by the German Aerospace Center in collaboration with the French space agency CNES.

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Amazingly, one more picture taken amid one of the wanderer's bounces on the space rock surface made the Project MINERVA-II1 group exceptionally cheerful.

"Moreover, with the image taken during the hop on the asteroid surface, I was able to confirm the effectiveness of this movement mechanism on the small celestial body and see the result of many years of research", said Yoshimitsu.

'This is just a real charm of deep space exploration'.

Artist's illustration of the MINERVA-II1 Rovers A and B on Ryugu.

One of the principal concerns for deployment was Ryugu's rougher-than-expected surface, which is carpeted with boulders and has very few smooth patches. If all goes well, the spacecraft will depart the asteroid in December 2019 and return to Earth about a year later, landing in a remote part of Australia.

"I CCB so torosani Tim scho TSI malenic Samohin aparati uspsa docut surface asteroid, that scho mi smogli tsogo Domotica 13 years ago".

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