Japan successfully lands rovers on asteroid Ryugu

Japan successfully lands rovers on asteroid Ryugu

Japan successfully lands rovers on asteroid Ryugu

The rovers are fitted with seven cameras and will take stereo images of the asteroid's surface and are also equipped with temperature gauges, optical sensors, an accelerometer and a set of gyroscopes.

A pair of robot rovers landed on an asteroid and began a survey, Japan's space agency said Saturday, September 22, as it conducts a mission aiming to shed light on the origins of the solar system.

If successful, JAXA has said it will be the "world's first sample return mission to a C-type asteroid". Hayabusa2 arrived on the advance-earth asteroid Ryugu in gradual June for what is going to be a year-and-a-1/2 peep.

We've seen plenty of photos taken from the surface of places other than Earth. It will have four observation devices along with a bigger rover called Minerva-II. They were dropped by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft, which descended to a distance of just 55 metres above the asteroid's surface to deposit the rovers before returning to its customary altitude of 20km above the rocky body. We have confirmed both rovers landed on the surface of asteroid Ryugu.

Scientists believe that asteroids contain a treasure trove of information about the solar system's evolution and history.

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The next day, JAXA shared an impressionistic image of the landing site: the craggy dark stone of the carbon-rich Ryugu lit by a brilliant beam of light from the sun.

One of the picture was captured right after separation of the rover from the spacecraft. Because of the lower gravity on the Astroid, the rovers will jump up to 15 meters to record scientific data. Once the crater will be created, the probe plans to collect "fresh" materials that have not yet been exposed to millions of years of wind and radiation.

Japan's space agency has managed to surpass ESA's achievement of landing a craft on an asteroid by landing two rovers on another.

"The Hayabusa 2 will also bring back a capsule with samples", JAXA explained in a news release announcing the asteroid's name, "thus the theme of "bringing back a treasure" is common".

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

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