Photo captured by Rover-1A on September 22. It was taken on Ryugu’s surface during a hop. The left-half is the surface of Ryugu, while the white region on the right is due to sunlight.
Credit: Hayabusa2 Project

 

It is the world’s first human-made object to explore movement on an asteroid’s surface.

That’s the word from Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) scientists.

On September 21, the small compact MINERVA-II1 rovers separated from JAXA’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft.

Artist’s view of MINERVA-II1 rovers.
Credit: JAXA

In good condition

The MINERVA-II1 consists of two rovers, Rover-1A and Rover-1B. Ground controllers have confirmed both rovers landed on the surface of asteroid Ryugu.

The two rovers are in good condition and are transmitting images and data. JAXA also confirmed they both are moving on Ryugu’s surface.

MINERVA-II1 is the world’s first rover (mobile exploration robot) design to land on the surface of an asteroid. This is also the first time for autonomous movement and picture capture on an asteroid’s surface.

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