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Japan Has Successfully Landed The First Ever Rovers On An Asteroid

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Japan sent two rovers to the surface of an asteroid and they have landed successfully which marks a significant moment in the history of our progress into the cosmos.

Two tiny rovers designed to hop across an asteroid (each weighing in at about 2 pounds) were released from the Hayabusa-2 spacecraft on Friday September 21st. The rovers are known as 1A and 1B (while the pair are officially known as Minerva II-1). The descent to the asteroid lasted several hours.

The asteroid in question is known as Ryugu, which is about 1 kilometer (0.6) miles in diameter and is located about 280 million kilometers (175 million miles) from Earth.

“Both rovers are confirmed to have landed on the surface of Ryugu. They are in good condition and have transmitted photos & data. We also confirmed they are moving on the surface” stated the team on Twitter.


Read more: Japan Reveals First Images Taken By Asteroid Rovers





 

Each rover has cameras that will send back images from the asteroid and sensors that will measure the surface temperature. Images and data will be sent back to Hayabusa-2 and then relayed to earth.




 

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