Japan's Hayabusa asteroid rovers send back first footage

Enjoy "standing" on the surface of this asteroid!

A handout photo taken by Hayabusa2's Rover-1A shows the surface of asteroid Ryugu.

Part of a collection of media released by the agency, the video shows the rocky surface of the asteroid and the sun moving across the sky, as seen from the asteroid.

The Hayabusa 2 has been traveling to the asteroid for the past 3.5 years conducting research about the asteroid and its composition.

Twitter user Transferrins created this incredible stop-motion animation of the rover's landing on the asteroid, which shows just how nail-biting that journey was. The 15-frame video was shot over the course of 1 hour and 14 minutes on September 23.

The gravity on the surface of asteroids like Ryugu is very weak.

"I can not find words to express how happy I am that we were able to realize mobile exploration on the surface of an asteroid" enthused Yuichi Tsuda, Hayabusa2 Project Project Manager, "I am proud that Hayabusa2 was able to contribute to the creation of this technology for a new method of space exploration by surface movement on small bodies".

UK PM May's ministers still fully behind her Brexit plans: spokesman
Mr Watson told The Observer: "Jeremy and I were elected in 2015 to give the Labour Party back to its members". McDonnell told ITV News: 'In a general election you have a wider debate, but also you choose the team.

"I am proud that Hayabusa2 was able to contribute to the creation of this technology for a new method of space exploration by surface movement on small bodies".

"It is unbelievable to be a human living at this moment in the history of space exploration".

"This is the highest-resolution photograph obtained of the surface of Ryugu", the science team says.

After examining the far distant object and taking samples, Hayabusa-2 will depart Ryugu in December 2019 before returning to Earth by the end of 2020 with its cargo of samples.

On Saturday, the space agency shared images the rovers beamed back to Earth showing the robots' approach and surface landing.

The rovers were stored within a container called MINERVA-II1.

Next month, Hayabusa2 will deploy a device that will explode above the asteroid, shooting a 2kg copper missile to blast a small crater into its surface.

Related News:

Most liked

Oculus announces Quest, its $399 high-end standalone headset
The Quest has some improvements over the Go, including better position tracking through four wide-angle cameras. Games and software designed for Quest , and future Oculus headsets, will still work on the original Rift .

Flake confronted by two female protesters after announcing he'll back Kavanaugh
Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., listens as Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. After a procedural vote that could come over the weekend, the full 100-member Senate could take action next week.

Kavanaugh angrily denies assault allegation after Ford testimony
Asked whether Trump has the votes to confirm Kavanaugh, Sanders said: "I certainly hope so, and I certainly think so". But I have never done that to her or to anyone", he will say on Thursday as per the prepared testimony.

SC lifts ban on women entering Sabarimala
Issues which have deep religious connotation should not be tinkered with to maintain secular atmosphere in the country. Three judges concur with the Chief Justice when he said that historically women have been discriminated.

Eden Hazard now the best player in the world, believes Chelsea teammate
Pep Guardiola's side will expect to pick up three more points when they host Brighton & Hove Albion at the Etihad. The boss said: "A German newspaper said I had an argument with Shaqiri on the pitch.

Renders show the Google Pixel 3 XL in Black, Mint, and White
On the other hand, the Pixel 3 XL has the slim side bezels along with a chin along the bottom to house a front-facing speaker. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage.

Government sues Elon Musk for tweeting about taking Tesla private
Pending final judgement from the court, Musk will remain as chief executive at Tesla unless he or its board decide otherwise. That brief tweet was enough to send the stock soaring - up by almost 11 percent by the end of the day.

Germany wins hosting rights for Euro 2024, pips competition from Turkey
According to the evaluation report, all the proposed stadiums meet the minimal requirement regarding the net seating capacities. Germany will host the 2024 European Championship in football after beating Turkey in a UEFA vote.

New CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD Trailer Introduces A Familiar Snake
In the new trailer , we finally see a bit of the magical creature's origin story - including the fact that she was once a witch. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is being directed by David Yates , from a screenplay by J.K.

Kavanaugh and Ford will testify at the Senate
Trump chose Kavanaugh, a conservative appeals court judge, for the court in July, after the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Before going into detail of her alleged sexual assault , Ford reminded people about the impact coming forward has had on her.

Everson Griffen of Minnesota Vikings in hospital following hotel incident
Griffen's wife later contacted police to inform them Griffen said he was at Vikings teammate Trae Waynes' home and was trying to break in.

Kavanaugh & Friends Made Jokes Calling A Girl Promiscuous In High School Yearbook
The Time's Up organization has called for Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination, in a statement provided to DailyMail.com. Kavanaugh's lawyer claims the yearbook refers to one occasion when Kavanaugh kissed Ms.

Donald Trump Tweets Victorious After Brett Kavanaugh’s Pugnacious Testimony: "Senate Must Vote!"
Ford said she later allowed Eshoo's office to forward the letter and a request for confidentiality to Sen. Ford said, more than once, that she was not sure who covered the cost.

Carolina Panthers sign safety Eric Reid
- Carolina Panthers (@ Panthers ) September 27, 2018The Panthers have signed free agent safety Eric Reid to a one-year contract. Coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed Thursday the 49ers seriously pursued the possibility of re-signing veteran safety Eric Reid .

Netanyahu says Israel will continue operations in Syria against Iran
But he said last week's incident had forced Russian Federation to take retaliatory measures to keep its troops safe. For its part, Israel is wary of Iran's growing influence in Syria, bringing its arch-enemy closer to its borders.