Japan successfully lands robot rovers on an asteroid’s surface

Japan successfully lands rovers on asteroid Ryugu

The images were sent to the Earth through Hayabusa 2, which allowed JAXA to confirm at night on September 22 that the two rovers had successfully touched down.

So far so good, but JAXA must still wait for Hayabusa2 to send the rovers' data to Earth in a day or two to determine whether the release of the probes succeeded, officials said.

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.

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

The country's space agency released images taken by the Minerva-II explorers on the surface of the asteroid Ryugu, where they are on a mission to gain clues to the formation of the solar system and the origin of life.

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"I felt awed by what we had achieved in Japan".

The rover mission marks the world's first moving, robotic observation of an asteroid surface, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). That was because they could float off into space if they landed hard due to the impact of the landing and the asteroid's weak gravitational pull.

A series of specially designed cameras - four on the first rover and three on the second - will take stereo images of the asteroid's surface. It arrived at Ryugu on June 27, 2018 and is scheduled to depart from the asteroid in December 2019 in order to return to our planet in December 2020.

MINERVA-II is the successor of MINERVA rover installed in Hayabusa spacecraft that landed on asteroid Itokawa in November 2005 and returned a sample of material from it to Earth. 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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