Japanese space agency Jacques successfully landed two space rovers on a distant asteroid in the deep zero of space. Both the rovers were launched from the Hayabusa2 space station and will capture data from 1-kilometre full space rock named Ryugu. Because of the low gravity of the asteroid, the rovers will be able to hop around their surface. ‘Two rovers are in good condition, and the images and data are transmitted,’ said Jacques in a statement. An analysis of this information confirmed that at least one roster is moving on the asteroid surface. ‘
“I cannot find words to express how happy I am…” Y.T.
The MINERVA-II1 rovers have successfully landed on asteroid Ryugu, snapped photos & taken the first successful hop! Have a read about this world first and hear the comments from our Project Members.https://t.co/xtoIcWIT5X pic.twitter.com/AOYDhhBDe2
— HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) September 22, 2018
Rovers were able to send back some beautiful pictures which were transmitted back to Earth through Hayabusa-2. Although the European Space Agency has managed to rent a craft on the comet, it is the first time that an asteroid is capable of landing on the surface. By studying the formation and structure of Ryugu, scientists may be able to know more about the origin of the universe into the formation of our planet.
Hayabusa2 project manager Yuichi Tsuda said: “I can not find the words to express that happy that we were able to realise the mobile exploration on the surface of the asteroids. ‘I am proud that Hayabusa was able to contribute to the creation of this technique for a new method of space exploration by the superficial movement on two small bodies.’ Two robots will capture the colourful images of the asteroid and measure the temperature before sending the agency extensively to rover in October
Next month Hayabusa2 will deploy an effector, which will explode above the horizontal, to erupt a crater in its surface. The investigation will then collect fresh material from inside the crater, which does not come in contact with air and radiation. Hayabusa2 launched in December 2014 and had returned to Earth in 2020.