Japan Lands Robot Rovers on Asteroid & Begins Survey

Published by , September 24, 2018 12:22 pm

(France24.com) Japan’s space agency announced it has landed a pair of robot rovers on an asteroid and begun a survey as it conducts a mission aiming to shed light on the origins of the solar system. The rover mission marks the world’s first moving, robotic observation of an asteroid surface, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The round, cookie tin-shaped robots successfully reached the Ryugu asteroid a day after they were released from the Hayabusa2 probe, the agency said.
The probe will also release a French-German landing vehicle named the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) for surface observation.

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