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Japan’s MINERVA-II1 rovers send pictures after landing on asteroid Ryugu

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Fayiq Wani | Updated on: 25 Sep 2018, 09:37:42 AM
Japan’s MINERVA-II1 rovers send pictures after landing on asteroid Ryugu (Image: Twitter)

New Delhi:

The Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) has successfully landed two rovers on asteroid Ryugu. Giving us a glimpse into what the asteroidal surface looks like the robots have sent the first set of photographs from the asteroid.

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The space agency took to micro blogging website Twitter to share the pictures. JAXA tweeted that the rovers are in good condition and moving on the surface.

One of the picture was captured right after separation of the rover from the spacecraft. It shows the Hayabusa 2 on top and Ryugu's surface. A second image more clearly shows the asteroid with a slightly rocky surface.

MINERVA-II1: Here are the pictures

Hayabusa2 is all set to attempt three brief touch-and-go landings on the asteroid to collect samples in hopes of providing clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth. Since it arrived at Ryugu, scientists have been looking for suitable landing sites on the uneven surface, and its first attempt is expected in October.

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The spacecraft is set to release a German-French lander called MASCOT carrying four observation devices in early October and a bigger rover called Minerva-II-2 next year. Hayabusa2, launched in December 2014, is due to return to Earth in late 2020.

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First Published : 25 Sep 2018, 08:02:00 AM