Japan releases rovers towards asteroid

This computer graphic image provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency shows two drum-shaped and solar-powered Minerva-II-1 rovers that were released on an asteroid on Friday

"We don't have confirmation yet, but we are very, very hopeful", JAXA project manager Yuichi Tsuda told reporters.

Hayabusa2 released the Minerva-II 1 rovers toward a point about 140 meters north of Ryugu's equator on Friday afternoon Japan time.

Color image captured by Rover-1A on September 22, 2018, while moving (during a hop) on the surface of asteroid Ryugu. In addition to this rover landing attempt, the spacecraft will also try to sample the asteroid and bring some of the material back to Earth.

Japan's space agency said on Saturday the rovers had landed.

While the European Space Agency had previously managed to land on an icy comet, this is the first spacecraft to place robot rovers on the surface of an asteroid.

"We have confirmed both rovers landed on the surface of asteroid Ryugu".




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

The rovers are collectively known as MINERVA-II1. In Figure 1, although the image is blurred due to the rover rotating, you can clearly see the body of Hayabusa2 and the paddle of the solar cells.

The round, cookie tin-shaped robots successfully reached the Ryugu asteroid a day after they were released from the Hayabusa2 probe, the agency said.

An artist's impression of the MINERVA-II1 landers deployed by Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft.

MINERVA-II1 is therefore "the world's first man-made object to explore movement on an asteroid surface".

The spacecraft will leave Ryugu in December 2019 with the intention of returning to Earth with the asteroid samples in 2020. The event occurred when the mother ship was just a few hundred feet above Ryugu's pockmarked, boulder-strewn surface. "We need a lot of technology and information about the solar system, and Hayabusa 2 will make a big step in these areas to help us be ready to plan and collaborate in the next step of space exploration". And sometime next year, another little hopper, MINERVA-II2, will touch down on Ryugu as well.

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