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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Japanese Rovers Successfully landed on Asteroid Ryugu

Blurry image sent by MINERVA rovers after successful landing on Asteroid Ryugu on 21 September 2018
Image Credit: Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency
On 22nd September 2018 Japanasese Aerospace Exploration Agency announced the successful landing of two mini rovers MINERVA-II1 on an asteroid called Ryugu. The rovers were in good condition and sent photographs to earth.

     The two mini rovers are the part of Hayabusa-2 asteroid sample return mission commissioned by JAXA. It two rovers named 1a and 1b together called MINERVA-II1. Scientists and Engineers deployed the two rovers on the surface of asteroid Ryugu on 21 September 2018 and confirmed the mission status on 22nd September 2018. The landing was successful and the transmitted image is shown below.
Image sent by MINERVA Rovers from asteroid Ryugu  Credits: JAXA

    The agency has two more rovers to deploy in October next year. It will deploy MASCOT and a small Hopper to accomplish the mission goal. It is aimed to bring asteroid samples to earth and analyze in laboratories.

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