On Thursday, Japan Space Agency has released the new stunning images that were taken by the rover. The rover is currently on the surface of the moving asteroid, as said by the Japan Space Agency. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is also said to be releasing a 15 frame clip that shows the surface of asteroid Ryugu.
The Hayabusa 2 mission which was launched in December 2014 has reached the asteroid. The spacecraft has taken about three and half years to arrive at Ryugu which is said to be about 280 million Km away from Earth. On 21st September, this unmanned spacecraft has been lowered with two rovers which are said to having about 60 meters on the asteroid’s surface. It is called as Rover 1A as well as Rover 1B. The weight of the both is 1 Kilogram each. Their shape is like the round biscuit tins which have beamed back high-resolution images from the surface of Ryugu.
The mission to an asteroid by Japan is said to be world’s first moving robotic observation of the asteroid surface, as per JAXA. The images that are posted on the official account of Twitter shows that they have got a mixture of boulders along with relative smooth patches on the surface of the Ryugu asteroid. This was framed by black sky.
It has been seen that Jaxa has been posting the high-resolution photographs to date of Ryuga’s surface. This was taken with the Hayabusa’s onboard camera which has approached the asteroid in preparation to release the rovers. The low gravity aids the rovers as the roving robots can able to hop as high as about 15 meters which are across the asteroid’s rocky surface. They stay airborne for long as 15 minutes.
During the next month, Hayabusa 2 will be deploying a device which will explode above the surface of the asteroid. On exploding, it will then shoot a 2 Kg copper missile which will blast to make the small crater in the surface.
On doing this, it will enable the spacecraft to make brief touch and go landing to collect the fresh samples of the materials. It has been protected from millennia of wind as well as radiation in which it will be offering clues to the origins of life on Earth. The spacecraft is said to be returning to the Earth with samples on 2020.