Japanese rover land on asteroid Ryugu

Surface of asteroid Ryugu captured by Rover-1B
Image Credit: JAXA

News from Sep 24, 2018

On Friday 21 September 2018, for the first time two rovers landed successfully on the surface of an asteroid. The twin MINERVA-II1 rovers were released from the Japanese probe Hayabusa2, which was launched in 2014 to explore the near Earth asteroid Ryugu.

The spacecraft build by the Japanese space agency JAXA has been orbiting Ryugu since 27 June. Another component on board is the German lander MASCOT, developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and build in collaboration with the French space agency CNES. Operated by the DLR center in Cologne, MASCOT is going to land on the surface of Ryugu on 3 October.