In the latest news coming from Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), it said in a statement that the landers have now successfully touched down on Ryugu asteroid. This has occurred after the landers have separated from the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft in orbit. After this, they start to transmit from the surface of the Ryugu.
The main objective of the two landers is said to be for studying the composition of Ryugu. This asteroid is said to be a primitive carbonaceous near-Earth asteroid which has got an ultimate purpose of gathering more information about the development of the inner planets of the solar system. This craft is said to be flowing tantalizingly close to the surface of the asteroid’s surface whose main purpose is of measuring the gravitational pull. When the landers descended to surface of the Ryugu, Hayabusa2 is said to be travelling from the orbit 12.4 times away which is within the 328 feet.
AS per space.com, these tiny landers which are called as MINERVA-II1A and MINERVA-II1B have lost the contact with the JAXA. This occurred after they have been deployed, but they were later said to be have made a soft landing on the surface, as said by the agency.
It is said that the surface rovers are capable of making good use of the low gravity condition which will help the landers to hop around the surface of the asteroid.
The landers have got scientific instruments which include cameras, accelerometers as well as thermometers. The other purpose of the rovers is that it will act as a proof of concept for the low-gravity environmental exploration. As per Guardian, it said that the Hayabusa 2 would be firing a copper missile to the asteroid which will create a crater. From this crater, it will able to scoop samples of the subsurface material along with unleashing the larger MASCOT rover.
The spacecraft is said to be deploying another small rover which has got optical as well as UV LEDs in the year 2019. At the end of the next year, it is said that the spacecraft will start its return journey to the Earth along with the samples that are collected from the surface of the Ryugu asteroid.
As per Takashi Kubota, who is JAXA spokesperson, said that they are overwhelmed as Japan has achieved this foot in the real deep space exploration.