Ryugu’s Surface Photographed By The Two Japanese Rovers In Mid-Jump

Ryugu’s Surface Photographed By The Two Japanese Rovers In Mid-Jump”

Japanese space agency (JAXA) has created history in the field of space astronomy by being the first one in the world to land not one but two robotic explorers on an asteroid's surface.

A computer graphic image provided by Japan's space agency shows two drum-shaped and solar-powered rovers on an asteroid. They show slightly tilted close-ups of the rocky surface from different locations. Japanese unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa2 released two small Minerva-II-1 rovers on the asteroid Ryugu on September 21.

Taking advantage of Ryugu's low gravity, the rovers hop across the surface of the space rock using a motor-powered internal mass that rotates to generate inertia.

Rover-1B succeeded in shooting a movie on Ryugu's surface! Spine-like projections from the edges of the hoppers are sensors that will measure surface temperatures on the asteroid.

Here's what it looks like to be standing on a rocky, rugged asteroid, hurtling through space 100 million miles (160 million km) from Earth, as the Sun's light beams and flares around you. Announcing the landing on Twitter on September 22, 2018, JAXA scientists tweeted that both rovers were in good condition and were transmitting photos and data.

"I can not find words to express how happy I am", said project manager Yuichi Tsuda when the rovers' safe arrival was confirmed earlier in the week.

Rover 1A takes a picture Ryugu's surface (left) and the reflection of sunlight (right) during one of its first hops across the asteroid.

"I am proud that Hayabusa2 was able to contribute to the creation of this technology for a new method of space exploration by surface movement on small bodies".

Scientists hope that studying the 1-kilometre-wide-asteroid, which is made up of primitive material from the early Solar System, will help them to understand the origins and evolution of Earth and other planets.

On 3 October, the Hayabusa2 mothership will deploy a ship called Mascot, which was developed in Europe by the German Aerospace Center and France's space agency, CNES, and analyse the samples remotely.

Like this



30 September 2018
Ryder Cup glory in sight for Europe as they lead by four
He birdied the par-three eighth to make it all square then did the same on 11 to turn one small part of the scoreboard red. Since amateur golf , Fowler has been a formidable match-play threat, but his driving accuracy has hurt him this week.

30 September 2018
Kanye West Announces Change Of Name
His last album, "Ye", was released in June just before he put out a collaborative "Kids See Ghosts" record with Kid Cudi . West who has continued to be creative with his art has announced that he will prefer to be called YE moving forward.

30 September 2018
'Captain America' Reed can't shield himself from Ryder Cup criticism
He was not asked about spieth's provocative celebrations but they have surely been noted. Furyk sat him for Friday's Foursomes session. "We used a lot of energy these days".

30 September 2018
India behind terror attacks in Pakistan, says Qureshi
Those who take innocent human lives in pursuit of war by other means are defenders of inhuman behavior, not of human rights. We need to change the institution's head and heart to make both compatible to contemporary reality.

30 September 2018
Trump avoided Trudeau a couple of times at the United Nations , official says
President Donald Trump and his trade ambassador, Robert Lighthizer, sources familiar with the talks say it's no longer a hurdle. In the United States, Congress must have the text of the deal by Sunday if a 60-day review period is to be respected.

30 September 2018
"Sturridge’s goal was special" - Fans react to Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool
Last season, Salah would have scored at least one of the chances he had at Chelsea , but it wasn't his day here. His positioning made sure he was well equipped to deal with Liverpool's shots on goal .

29 September 2018
Flu season starting to impact parts of Florida
Though the toll was highest among seniors, the dead included 180 children, "and a majority of them were unvaccinated", Adams says. Between Sept. 1, 2017, and August 31, Wisconsin saw 7,530 hospitalizations and 379 recorded deaths related to the flu.

29 September 2018
Marines send F-35B on first combat strike
The 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit is the first combat-deployed MEU to replace the AV-8B Harrier with the F-35B Lightning II . It remains unclear where in Afghanistan the strikes took place, but officials said fighter was launched from the U.S.S.

29 September 2018
Man United match worst Premier League start with loss to West Ham
There will be conversations at the top level, about the future of the manager and the squad, because the basics are not being done.

29 September 2018
OnePlus 6T battery capacity revealed
These include the CPU being the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC; the RAM could top 8GB and the internal storage is likely to be 256GB. The smartphone will come with an in-display fingerprint sensor and the "Unlock The Speed" tagline is hinting at it.