JAPAN’S HAYABUSA-2 PROBE LANDS ROVERS ON ASTEROID

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency confirmed on its website Sept. 22 that both Minerva-2 rovers had landed on the asteroid Ryugu and “are in good condition and are transmitting images and data.”

Wheels cannot work on the surface because of Ryugu’s low gravity, so these two rovers designated Minerva-2 1A and the other 1B, will hop over the surface propelled by electric motors. JAXA estimates that each hop will last 15 minutes and cover 15 meters on average. Full story by Tom Risen online at Aerospace America

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