Space probe “Hayabusa-2” was launched on 3 December 2014.
Two Japanese mini-robot running probe “Hayabusa-2”, made the first successful landing on an asteroid and gave scientists photos and data from its surface.
Mobile research robots MINERVA-II1, each of which weighs only one kilogram, separated from the “Hayabusa-2” on September 21. They are in good condition, and at least one of them moves on the surface of the asteroid, the Ryuga, which is “Hayabusa-2” arrived in June.
Photos taken MINERVA-II1, blurred due to the rotation of the robot when driving and glare of sunlight. JAXA just released three shots.
Space probe “Hayabusa-2” was launched on 3 December 2014 with the help of the carrier rocket H-2A from the spaceport Tanegashima, located South of Japan. The probe will stay near the asteroid for a year and a half. The next step Ryugu will be sampling soil, which “Hayabusa-2” will release on the surface of the mobile explosive device. Then it is planned also landing another reentry research unit that explores the asteroid in more detail.
The asteroid 1999 JU3 belongs to a group of near-earth and belongs to the spectral class C (dark carbonaceous objects). The period of rotation of the body around the Sun is equal to 474 days, and the average orbital speed of 27 kilometers per second. Ryugu removed from the Earth for 300 million kilometers.
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