Japan landed two rovers on an asteroid's surface after four years

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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Minerva-II1 rover captured this view of asteroid Ryugu (bottom) and the Hayabusa2 spacecraft (at top right) just after the rover separated from the spacecraft on September 21, 2018.

Japan's Hayabusa2 probe, which has been circling the 3,000-foot-wide (900 meters) asteroid Ryugu since late June, deployed two little "rovers" called MINERVA-II1A and MINERVA-II1B around midnight (0400 GMT) this morning (Sept. 21).

The two rovers are part of the Hayabusa2 asteroid sample-return mission, headed by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

The success marked the first time that rovers which can maneuver around the surface have been successfully placed on an asteroid, JAXA said. The image is blurred because the rover is spinning.

This was announced by the Japanese aerospace exploration Agency (JAXA), writes the Chronicle.info with reference on naked science.

Rover 1A and Rover 1B will hop around in Ryugu's low gravity, capturing temperatures and images of the surface.

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Hayabusa2 arrived at Ryugu on June 28, 2018 after a almost four year journey.

"Correspondence with MINERVA-II1 has presently halted", JAXA composed on Twitter.

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. I felt awed by what we had achieved in Japan. "This is just a real charm of deep space exploration", said Takashi Kubota, a spokesman for the space agency. This pristine, previously subsurface material is scheduled to come to Earth in a special return capsule in December 2020.

While the first images were less than awe-inspiring, successive shots show a craggy, pitted surface fit for a Hollywood blockbuster.

That probe, with help from NASA, returned from a smaller, potato-shaped asteroid in 2010 with dust samples - despite various setbacks during its epic seven-year odyssey - and was hailed a scientific triumph.

"I CCB so torosani Tim scho TSI malenic Samohin aparati uspsa docut surface asteroid, that scho mi smogli tsogo Domotica 13 years ago". The left half of the image is the asteroid surface.