Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

Japan successfully lands rovers on asteroid Ryugu

Japan successfully lands rovers on asteroid Ryugu

Since Hayabusa 2 previously rendezvoused with the space rock prior this mid-year, the test has been consistently snapping photos of the objective. "I am proud that Hayabusa 2 was able to contribute to the creation of this technology for a new method of space exploration by surface movement on small bodies", said Yuichi Tsuda, Hayabusa 2 Project Manager. JAXA released a photo taken by Rover 1A while it was hopping from one location to another and by Rover 1B during its journey down to the surface.

Takashi Kubota, a spokesman for the Tokyo-based firm, said: 'I felt in awe by what we had achieved in Japan. -II1B uspsa prizemlilsya to the surface asteroid Ryugu.

Officials hope to confirm a successful landing in a day or two, when the spaceship sends data from the rovers to Earth.

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The probe will also release a French-German landing vehicle named Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) for surface observation.

"Gravity on the surface of Ryugu is very weak, so a rover propelled by normal wheels or crawlers would float upwards as soon as it started to move", mission team members wrote in a MINERVA-II1 description.

This was reported by the press service of the Japanese aerospace exploration Agency (JAXA).

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Hayabusa2 was launched atop a Japanese H-2A rocket on December 3, 2014.

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

The main spacecraft will collect a sample to bring to Earth for laboratory analysis. The left-half is the surface of Ryugu, while the white region on the right is due to sunlight. This will probably end the mission after Hayabusa2 blasts off towards its last phase that is delivering the sample back to the Earth around late 2022. With Hayabusa2 out of harm's way on the other side of Ryugu, the HMX will detonate, blasting a copper impactor into the surface while a free-flying camera released earlier records the impact.

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Beneath their desolate surfaces, asteroids are believed to contain a rich treasure-trove of information about the formation of the solar system billions of years ago.

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