Hayabusa 2 rovers land successfully on asteroid Ryugu:The Asahi Shimbun

Japan space robots start asteroid survey

Its predecessor, Hayabusa, failed to land a rover on the asteroid Itokawa in 2005.

Two rovers have successfully landed on an asteroid called Ryugu, as part of Japanese mission.


The solar-powered rovers' voltage plunged as night fell on Ryugu, a sign that they are on the asteroid, said Hayabusa project team spokesman Takashi Kubota. Each rover remains "airborne" for about 15 minutes with each hop, moving approximately 15 meters (~50 feet) each time.

"Both rovers are in good condition", the agency confirmed on Saturday.

Preparations have been underway for the landing since the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) spacecraft reached the "dumpling-shaped" asteroid in June.

On 3 October, the mothership will deploy a lander called Mascot, which has been developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) together with the French Space Agency (CNES).

Japan space robots start asteroid survey
Hayabusa 2 rovers land successfully on asteroid Ryugu:The Asahi Shimbun

Hayabusa, approaching just 55 meters on Friday to release the rover on the asteroid's surface, has now moved away about 20 kilometers from him, waiting for the next steps of the mission. Nowakowski's generous offer was gratefully received with the two organizations now working to better relay important developments as they pertain to space exploration.

The rovers are fitted with seven cameras and will take stereo images of the asteroid's surface and are also equipped with temperature gauges, optical sensors, an accelerometer and a set of gyroscopes.

Amazingly, one more picture taken amid one of the wanderer's bounces on the space rock surface made the Project MINERVA-II1 group exceptionally cheerful.

The main spacecraft will collect a sample to bring to Earth for laboratory analysis. "I want to see the scenery of space seen from Ryugu's surface". This should create a small crater and, about two weeks later, allow Hayabusa2 to return and collect a pristine interior sample from the asteroid.

Ryugu has very little gravity, so hopping must be done carefully. It returned, about 1,500 grains of rock, from the surface of the asteroid.

Dallas officer fired, accused of fatally shooting neighbor in his own apartment
The officer claimed she entered Jean's home thinking it was her own and mistook him for a burglar, according to court documents. A four-year veteran of the department, Guyger has the right to appeal the disciplinary action, according to the tweet.

Related News:

  • Trump's SC nominee Kavanaugh faces another sexual assault allegations

    Trump's SC nominee Kavanaugh faces another sexual assault allegations

    Trump reserved most of his ire for the Democrats, whom he accused of playing a "very risky game" and hurting Kavanaugh's family. Democrats have accused Republicans of not conducting a thorough review in their rush to get Mr Kavanaugh confirmed.
    Labour set to back public vote on Brexit

    Labour set to back public vote on Brexit

    He has strong support among grassroots members, many of whom have joined since he was elected leader in 2015. Labour MP David Lammy said it would be "farcical" to offer a referendum between "no deal or a bad deal".

    Tight or well-supplied? The crude oil market dilemma

    Trafigura Group co-head of oil trading Ben Luckock sees $90 oil by Christmas and $100 in early 2019. Major oil trading houses are predicting the return of $100 crude for the first time since 2014.
  • Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3 to 10 Years in Prison

    Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3 to 10 Years in Prison

    Kristen Dudley , a member of the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board, previously designated Cosby as a "predator". More than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual abuse going back decades, with most complaints too old to prosecute.
    Instagram Founders Resign From Facebook

    Instagram Founders Resign From Facebook

    Systrom and Krieger met through Stanford University and worked separately in Silicon Valley before forming Instagram in 2010. WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum earlier this year left Facebook, which bought the smartphone messaging service for $19 billion.
    Derby County send Manchester United out of the EFL Cup

    Derby County send Manchester United out of the EFL Cup

    Paul Pogba slammed those who "create drama" after he appeared to criticise Manchester United's tactics under Jose Mourinho . Speaking to reporters after the game, Pogba called for United to "attack, attack, attack" when they play at Old Trafford .
  • World leaders laugh openly at Donald Trump during United Nations  summit

    World leaders laugh openly at Donald Trump during United Nations summit

    He then turned his ire to Iran , defending his decision to withdraw from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions. Some Iranian insiders have said any talks between Mr Rouhani and Mr Trump would effectively kill the existing nuclear accord.

    UN General Assembly Laughs as Trump Brags About His Administration

    World leaders laughed at President Donald Trump during his remarks at the UN General Assembly in NY on Tuesday. Iran has accused Mr Trump of waging "psychological warfare" against it and denies any involvement in terrorism.
    Comcast Muscles Fox Aside With $39 Billion Offer for Sky

    Comcast Muscles Fox Aside With $39 Billion Offer for Sky

    The battle is part of a larger contest between Disney and Comcast to take over many of Fox's media and entertainment assets. The loss of Sky partly stymies Iger's goal of establishing more direct ties to consumers and expanding his global business.
  • Israel vows to continue operations in Syria

    Israel vows to continue operations in Syria

    He told Assad that Russian Federation will upgrade the Syrian air defenses and deliver an S-300 missile system to the Syrian army. The Syrian regime and Russian forces have military deployments in Idlib's from their positions in Abu al-Duhur village.
    Trump assails Boulder woman accusing Kavanaugh: ‘She admits that she was drunk’

    Trump assails Boulder woman accusing Kavanaugh: ‘She admits that she was drunk’

    Avenatti has yet to reveal the identity of the woman or her story, but has said he expects do so before Thursday's Senate hearing. The claims threaten to derail what was seen as an all-but-certain confirmation to the lifelong post on the US top court.
    Bill Cosby's Mugshot Released After Being Sentenced to 3-10 Years

    Bill Cosby's Mugshot Released After Being Sentenced to 3-10 Years

    American comedian and actor Bill Cosby was sentenced Tuesday to three to 10 years in prison for sex crimes. O'Neill last week denied the motion, calling it untimely and "wholly without merit", court records show.

Most liked

OPEC conference president says current oil outputs enough for balanced market
For months, Saudi Arabia had led investors to believe that it was comfortable with Brent crude oil at about $80 per barrel. The back drop: Starting on November 4, the US will target Iran's oil exports with sanctions.

Supreme Court upholds constitutional validity of Aadhaar, but strikes down Section 57
He said, "If you are just taking a negative view, and not a constructive view, then you also have other (negative) reactions". The apex court has done away with Section 57 of Aadhaar Act , which permits private entities to avail Aadhar-related data.

Trump's tariffs on Dollars 200 bn of Chinese goods kicks in
China imports far less from the United States, making a dollar-for-dollar match on any new USA tariffs impossible. Wang, who led a Chinese delegation to Washington for the last round of talks with officials from the U.S.

Iran FM blames ‘foreign regime’ backed by U.S. for parade attack
Semi-official news agency Mehr said further shooting broke out as some of the attackers who managed to escape were being chased. She also said that Washington " is not looking to do regime change in Iran " or " anywhere " else.

Osaka to face Pliskova in Tokyo final
Open and roar through the Pan Pacific draw unscathed as the buzz over her grand slam win reverberated across the country. Osaka , however, indicated she might pull out of the tournament in order to recover from her grueling recent schedule.

Trump doesn't say if he plans to fire Rosenstein
Asked directly if Trump will let the investigation continue if Rosenstein exited the department, she would not say . Attorney General Jeff Sessions was on a flight back to DC from Alabama.

Is Michael Kors buying Versace for $2bn?
Donatella herself owns 30 percent of the holding, with the remainder in the hands of her brother Santo. The 40-year-old fashion house returned to profit in 2017 and reported revenue of almost $800 million.

Brett Kavanaugh: Second allegation made against court nominee
Kavanaugh was nominated by President Trump in July to replace the vacancy left by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired. One classmate who Ramirez said egged on Kavanaugh denied any memory of the party, according to the magazine.

Samsung Galaxy A7 to launch in India on September 25
Coming to the features, the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018 ) features a 6-inch full HD+ Super AMOLED display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The Galaxy J6 Plus will be available with 4GB RAM/64GB storage and the Galaxy J4 + with 2GB RAM/32GB storage.

China accuses US of 'trade bullyism' as both sides impose fresh tariffs
Meanwhile, $US110 billion of goods from the US will become subject to Chinese retaliatory tariffs around the same time. Markets reacted negatively to the most recent developments in the tit-for-tat trade dispute with the U.S. and China.

Israel accused after Russian spy plane lost over Syria
During a Syrian air defenses counterattack, the Russian spy plane was shot down by an S-200 anti-aircraft missile and its 15 crew members were killed.

Paul Pogba slams Manchester United attitude
Pogba added: "We know that Alexis Sanchez can bring a lot and I'm sure he will". "We didn't lose but for me we should have won". The former Sporting Lisbon and Porto playmaker has been included in Alan Shearer's Team of the Week as a result.

Jimmy Butler may not report to training camp for Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns has cemented his status as the face of the Minnesota Timberwolves for the present and foreseeable future. So far, few franchises, if any, are engaged in serious conversations with the Timberwolves on Butler, sources said.

Prosecutors Want Bill Cosby in Prison on Monday After Sentencing
State sentencing guidelines, which are not mandatory, recommend a sentence between two and four years, Chanenson said. In June 2017, she described being given pills that left her "frozen" and unable to stop Cosby from assaulting her.

Abdulla Yameen concedes defeat in Maldives presidential election
While a bunch of MDP leaders in-exile worked for parliamentary democracy from Sri Lanka, Mr. Following his victory, Mr Solih said: "This is a moment of happiness, a moment of hope".