Japanese room robots just landed on an asteroid (and took extraordinary images)

When it arrives to room vacation, human beings are just finding started off. Robots on the other hand are way in advance.

We have the Curiosity Rover doing its thing on Mars, the Parker Solar Probe is en route to the sun.

And now JAXA, the Japanese Place Company, has landed two rovers on a goddamn asteroid. Very best of all: They have despatched back again photos.

The MINERVA rovers had been released from Japan’s Hayabusa two probe, which has been orbiting an asteroid known as Ryuga for a couple of months now. The probe is on an asteroid sample-return mission, and is setting up to study the asteroid and return to Earth in December 2020.


Two MINERVA rovers had been deployed on Sept. 21 and each have productively landed. The initially shot despatched back again can be viewed over. It is a tiny blurry — largely due to the fact the rover was spinning when it took the shot.

The over picture is a great deal clearer. Yep, which is the asteroid by itself in the base suitable corner of the image.

Higher than is the most recent shot to be despatched back again from the Hayabusa probe and it is completely extraordinary.

Hayabusa intends to land a greater rover, known as MASCOT, in Oct this yr. The undertaking hopes to convey asteroid samples back again to Earth when it returns in December following yr.

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