Published: Thu, September 27, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

JAXA Rovers Send Back Photos After Landing on Asteroid

JAXA Rovers Send Back Photos After Landing on Asteroid

The rovers will take photos and temperature readings on the asteroid before the central probe lands later on, according to JAXA.

Robots MINERVA?And MINERVA?In planted by the Japanese probe "Hayabusa 2", has taken the first pictures of an asteroid, the Ryuga, which is the objective of the study and sent them the team of scientists involved in this study.

The rovers are part of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Hayabusa2 asteroid sample-return mission.

The rock is known as a relic and belongs to a primitive type of asteroid formerly known as 162173 Ryugu. It sent a photo back to Earth as the spacecraft descended around 100 meters (328 feet) on the asteroid.

The two "MINERVA" landers, which the probe deployed on the asteroid, have already made contact with the mother ship and sent back home some incredible pictures as well.

Yesterday, JAXA said in a tweet that it had lost communication with the rovers after they dropped from the spacecraft.

"We confirmed that both aircraft landed on the surface of the asteroid ryugu".

The Hayabusa2 team has clarified the issue in communication is due to the position on the MINERVA - II1.

Japan's space agency has managed to surpass ESA's achievement of landing a craft on an asteroid by landing two rovers on another.

While Hayabusa2 is expected to return to Earth by the end of the year 2020, CNN wrote the U.S.' own similar asteroid-sampling mission is not expected to be completed until 2023.

Scientists believe that asteroids contain a treasure trove of information about the solar system's evolution and history. The rovers move by "hopping" up to 15 metres (50 feet) at a time because the extremely weak gravity on the asteroid makes rolling hard.

One of the pictures was captured right after separation of the rover from the spacecraft. Studying Ryugu could tell humanity not only about Ryugu's surface and interior, but about what materials were available in the early Solar System for the development of life.

The Hayabusa2 is also scheduled to deploy a bigger lander called MASCOT in October, following the successful landing.

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