Japan’s Rovers on Asteroid Ryugu Send More Images and a Video

Gwen Vasquez
Сентября 30, 2018

The images arrived on Earth a few days ago, and they show the rocky surface of the asteroid, the sun, and the shadows of one of the rovers. On September 21, the unmanned spacecraft lowered the two rovers about 60 metres on the asteroid's surface.

Unlike the Mars rovers, which require trundling along slowly on wheels, the rovers launched from the Hayabusa2 "mothership" are created to bounce within Ryugu's low gravity in order to navigate the hard terrain. The movie has 15 frames captured on September 23, 2018 from 10:34 - 11:48 JST. Soon to him and Rover-2 will join MASCOT, which will continue with the twins to study the magnetic field of the asteroid.

Japan space agency scientists and engineers are thrilled after landing two jumping robotic rovers on the asteroid about 280 million kilometres away
APJapan space agency scientists and engineers are thrilled after landing two jumping robotic rovers on the asteroid about 280 million kilometres away

One of the rovers also captured a video of Ryugu in motion. "MINERVA-II1 consists of two rovers... they are moving on the surface". The Ryugu asteroid is only 900 meters in size, underscoring the precision of the maneuver-the equivalent of hitting a six-centimeter target in Brazil from Japan.

The "hopping" robots were primarily stored at the base of the "mothership" Hayabusa2 in a drum-shaped container.

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JAXA scientists reported their joy at the rovers' success.

"I can not find words to express how happy I am", project manager Yuichi Tsuda said in a statement after the rovers' safe arrival was confirmed. Before that the robots will explore the structure of the subsoil and topography of the asteroid. Although robots Rover MINERVA are already on the surface of the Ryuga, to the ground meteorite, it may take several years. The probes use rotating motors to make jumps, each lasting some 15 minutes owing to the body's low gravity. This will help the spacecraft collect fresh samples of materials embedded within the asteroid's surface. The container was launched from the spacecraft Hayabusa2 last week and that spacecraft is now orbiting the asteroid.

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After examining the far distant object and taking samples, Hayabusa-2 will depart Ryugu in December 2019 before returning to Earth by the end of 2020 with its cargo of samples.

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