Wed. Oct 16th, 2019


Catch Your Luck By The Tail

Japanese home robots merely landed on an asteroid (and took unimaginable photos)

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With regards to home journey, human beings are merely getting started. Robots alternatively are strategy ahead.

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

And now JAXA, the Japanese Home Firm, has landed two rovers on a goddamn asteroid. Higher of all: They’ve despatched once more photos.


The MINERVA rovers had been launched from Japan’s Hayabusa 2 probe, which has been orbiting an asteroid generally known as Ryuga for only a few months now. The probe is on an asteroid sample-return mission, and is planning to survey the asteroid and return to Earth in December 2020.

Two MINERVA rovers had been deployed on Sept. 21 and every have effectively landed. The first shot despatched once more might be seen above. It’s a little bit blurry — primarily because of the rover was spinning when it took the shot.

The above image is method clearer. Yep, that’s the asteroid itself inside the bottom correct nook of the {photograph}.

Above is the most recent shot to be despatched once more from the Hayabusa probe and it is fully unimaginable.

Hayabusa intends to land a much bigger rover, generally known as MASCOT, in October this 12 months. The mission hopes to ship asteroid samples once more to Earth when it returns in December subsequent 12 months.

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