Japan Has Successfully Landed Two Robotic Explorers on an Asteroid

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Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has confirmed the landing of two robotic explorers on the surface of an asteroid 300 million kilometers from Earth.

The tiny robots touched down on the Ryugu asteroid Saturday.

Rover 1A and Rover 1B and expected to play around in Ryugu’s low gravity capturing and registering temperatures and images of the asteroid’s surface. 

Ryugu is a 1km-wide asteroid where the Hayabusa-2 Japanese spacecraft landed the two mechanical explorers on Friday.

Hayabusa-2 Orbot/Source: Phoenix7777/Horizons Systems, NASA

After a long three-and-a-half year journey, Hayabusa-2 reached Ryugu. Hayabusa-2 was launched in December 2014 to collect data that could help scientists gain knowledge on the formation of the Solar System and the origin of life.

The spacecraft is scheduled to


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