Japan Successfully Lands Two Rovers on Asteroid Ryugu

Japan confirmed it successfully landed two small rovers released from its Hayabusa 2 probe on the surface of an asteroid.

Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, shared photos taken by its MINERVA-II1A and MINERVA-II1B from the surface of the asteroid Ryugu on Saturday.

“We confirmed that both aircraft landed on the surface of the asteroid ryugu. Both rovers are in good condition, they are sending photographs and various data taken,” JAXA said.

With the successful landing the MINERVA rovers became the first ever mobile robots to conduct observations on an asteroid.

The rovers maneuver by hopping and will send back data about the asteroid using cameras and instruments, including temperature and optical sensors.

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SOURCE: UPI, Daniel Uria