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Japan’s Rovers Have Sent More Images From The Surface Of Asteroid Ryugu

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Just last week Japan successfully landed the first rovers on an Asteroid and on day one they were sending back some stunning images.

Now, the two rovers Rover-1A and 2B (known together is MINERVA II) have delivered new images with a remarkable amount of detail.

“The MINERVA-II1 rovers were deployed on September 21 to explore the surface of asteroid Ryugu. Here is the second report on their activities, following our preliminary article at the start of this week. We end this report with a video taken by one of the rovers that shows the Sun moving across the sky as seen from the surface of Ryugu. Please take a moment to enjoy “standing” on this new world.”

Rover-1B hop

More Images From The Surface Of Asteroid Ryugu
Images taken by Rover-1B. September 23, 2018: confirmation of Rover-1B hop.
Observation time (JST): (Left) 2018-09-23 09:50, (Center) 2018-09-23 09:55, (Right) 2018-09-23 10:00



 

Image captured immediately before hop of Rover-1B

September 23, 2018: image captured immediately before hop of Rover-1B. 2018-9-23 09:46 (JST).
(Image credit: JAXA)

Surface image from Rover-1B after landing

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September 23, 2018 at 10:10 JST: surface image from Rover-1B after landing
(Image credit: JAXA)



 

Surface image taken from Rover-1A

Ryugu surface
September 23, 2018 at 09:43 JST: surface image taken from Rover-1A
(Image credit: JAXA)

Rover-1A captured the shadow of its own antenna and pin

September 23, 2018 at 09:48 JST: surface image taken from Rover-1A. MINERVA-II1 successfully captured the shadow of its own antenna and pin.



 

Rover-1B successfully shot a movie

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