Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Hayabusa2 successfully deployed two rovers on asteroid Ryugu on Saturday

Rovers from Hayabusa2 land on asteroid They Made It! Japan's Two Hopping Rovers Successfully Land on Asteroid Ryugu
Guillermo Lane | 25 September, 2018, 13:17

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency successfully landed the rovers on Friday - becoming the first in history to land two rovers on an asteroid at the same time.

Space agency officials explained that when the front of the drum was jettisoned into space, the two rovers would be ejected from the container and fall independently to the asteroid's surface. "I want to see images of space as seen from the surface of the asteroid", stated the JAXA project manager Yuichi Tsuda in an interview. The two rovers collectively called as MINERVA-II1 or specifically MINERVA-II 1a and 1b have specialized instruments and equipment that will gauge data on the interactions between organic matter, minerals, and water found on the asteroid which is still in its primitive stage. The data was given by Japanese space office JAXA, who likewise shared pictures caught by the tests.

The mission's success - marking the end of a four-year journey - was confirmed in a tweet on Saturday from JAXA's account for the Hayabusa2 asteroid explorer. Actual images from rovers The MINERVA-II1 cameras can shoot in color.

The cautious announcement came after a similar JAXA probe in 2005 released a rover that failed to reach its target asteroid. "The mother delivers itself will likewise make a few attacks to the surface in 2019, to snatch space rock material that will become back to Earth in December 2020". Hayabusa2 is top and Ryugu's surface is below.

The Hayabusa2 team confirmed the rovers' deployment and established communication with them shortly thereafter.

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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.

That probe, with help from NASA, returned from a smaller, potato-shaped asteroid in 2010 with dust samples - despite various setbacks during its epic seven-year odyssey - and was hailed a scientific triumph. The surface of Ryugu is in the lower right.

And in late October, Hayabusa-2 will descend to the surface of Ryugu to collect a sample of rock and soil.

"This is a hard mission, but in order for humans to expand from Earth into space, it will be necessary to meet challenges".

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