Japan Makes History: Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Lands Rovers on Moving Asteroid

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announces the success of two drum-shaped and solar-powered Minerva-II-1 rovers on an asteroid. Japanese unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa2 released two small Minerva-II-1 rovers on the asteroid Ryugu on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in a research effort that may provide clues to the origin of the solar system. JAXA said confirmation of the rovers’ touchdown has to wait until it receives data from them on Saturday.


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