Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Japan Becomes First Country To Land Two Robots On Asteroid

Japan Becomes First Country To Land Two Robots On Asteroid

The rover mission marks the world's first moving, robotic observation of an asteroid's surface, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). If all goes according to plan and the rovers make it safe to the surface, they should keep on hopping around the asteroid and cover nearly 50 meters per jump.

The agency called JAXA, confirmed the successful landing Saturday and posted photos taken by the little landers online.

"In spite of the fact that I was baffled with the obscured picture that previously originated from the meanderer, it regarded to have the capacity to catch this shot as it was recorded by the wanderer as the Hayabusa2 rocket has appeared", said Tetsuo Yoshimitsu, in charge of the Hayabusa2 Project MINERVA-II1.

The MINERVAs - whose name is short for "Micro Nano Experimental Robot Vehicle for Asteroid" - are created to hop because traditional roving doesn't work well in very low-gravity environments.

"We are sorry we have kept you waiting!" the space agency, JAXA, .

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

The two rovers, each about the size of a cookie can, are to capture images of the asteroid and measure surface temperatures before a larger rover and a lander are released later. Hayabusa returned to Earth in 2010.

The photo discovered by the Japanese asteroid probe Ryugu orbiting the Earth, UFO researcher noticed a odd image. "This is just a real charm of deep space exploration". The rovers came from the spacecraft Hayabusa2.

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Japan's space probe on Friday released a pair of exploring rovers toward an egg-shaped asteroid to collect mineral samples that may shed light on the origin of the solar system.

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Just knowing that two tiny robots are now hopping merrily around an asteroid with nearly no gravity makes our own world seem a little bit merrier.

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.

These samples will be sent to Earth for laboratory studies.

And in late October, Hayabusa-2 will descend to the surface of Ryugu to collect a sample of rock and soil. To confirm or refute their theory, the probe in total, to make three landings on an asteroid, after which by 2020, will return to Earth.

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