Japan successfully lands robot rovers on an asteroid’s surface

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Washington D.C, Sep 23: Japanese space agency JAXA has claimed that it created history on Saturday by successfully landing two unmanned rovers on an asteroid.

The rover mission marks the world's first moving, robotic observation of an asteroid surface, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The robots will take photos and temperature readings of Ryugu before Hayabusa2 space probe lands on the asteroid's surface in 2019.

The rovers then sent data, including images, to Hayabusa2 about 20 kilometers above the surface of the asteroid.

Space probe Hayabusa2 arrived near the 900-metre-wide asteroid known as Ryugu in late June after a three-and-a-half-year trip, with two Minerva II rovers among its cargo. However, it is blurred because the shot was taken while the rover was rotating.

JAXA, the Japanese space agency behind the mission, said it was "in awe" of the achievement.

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A third rover called MASCOT will be launched from Hayabusa2 in early October.

The two rovers dropped slowly to the surface of the asteroid at a speed of several centimeters per second. The asteroid is named Ryugu, CNN reported.

"Correspondence with MINERVA-II1 has presently halted", JAXA composed on Twitter. Hayabusa returned to Earth in 2010. "I want to see images of space as seen from the surface of the asteroid", he said.

Amazingly, one more picture taken amid one of the wanderer's bounces on the space rock surface made the Project MINERVA-II1 group exceptionally cheerful.

Image: The surface of Ryugu is in the lower right. And sometime next year, another little hopper, MINERVA-II2, will touch down on Ryugu as well. The probe is on an asteroid sample-return mission, and is planning to survey the asteroid and return to Earth in December 2020. "We need a lot of technology and information about the solar system, and Hayabusa 2 will make a big step in these areas to help us be ready to plan and collaborate in the next step of space exploration".