Photos from Japanese space rovers show asteroid is ... rocky

The twin rovers were deposited on Friday atop the half-mile-wide asteroid Ryugu by their parent spacecraft, the Japanese Space Agency's Hayabusa 2.

A still from a 15-frame movie captured by one of the MINERVA-II1 rovers on the surface of asteroid Ryugu last week.

The agency also posted photos on its official Hayabusa-2 website which showed the location of the image snapped by Hayabusa on the asteroid's surface.

The rovers have sent back some fantastic video as they touched down on the surface of Ryugu and will move slowly along the surface by using the mass inside the probe to create torque. Later, the Hayabusa-2 "mothership" will touch down on the rock, snag a sample, and then fly back to Earth where it is expected to arrive in late 2020.

Unlike the Mars rovers, which require trundling along slowly on wheels, the rovers launched from the Hayabusa2 "mothership" are created to bounce within Ryugu's low gravity in order to navigate the hard terrain.

As quoted on the projects website, Yuichi Tsuda, a project manager, was at a loss for words when the rovers' on-asteroid hopping ability was first confirmed on September 22.

"I can not find words to express how happy I am", project manager Yuichi Tsuda said in a statement after the rovers' safe arrival was confirmed.

New research finds Mediterranean diet reduces risk of depression
"Also, the link to inflammation as a plausible mechanism to explain a link between diet and mental health is highly tenuous".

Taking advantage of Ryugu's low gravity, the rovers hop across the surface of the space rock using a motor-powered internal mass that rotates to generate inertia.

The latest photos are actually even better than the first ones the Hayabusa spacecraft sent back.

MINERVA stands for Micro Nano Experimental Robot Vehicle for Asteroid.

Hayabusa2 is scheduled to drop a German-French lander with four observation devices onto the asteroid next week.

However, Rover-1A did capture an image which displays the shadow of its own antenna and pin.

Images on the mission's Twitter account show a mixture of boulders and relatively smooth patches on the surface of Ryugu asteroid, framed by a black sky.

Recommended News

  • Red Dead Redemption 2 Has Massive File Size, Exclusive PS4 Content

    Red Dead Redemption 2 Has Massive File Size, Exclusive PS4 Content

    When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. Will you be playing? He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.
    Former Gators RB Adarius Lemons arrested

    Former Gators RB Adarius Lemons arrested

    Lemons, who was No. 149 in the ESPN 300 when he committed in 2016, had 19 carries for 136 yards as a freshman. McLeod couldn't breathe, and Lemons eventually released her, according to the complaint.
    Aadhaar Verdict: Section 57 struck down; mobile companies, banks can not  demand Aadhaar

    Aadhaar Verdict: Section 57 struck down; mobile companies, banks can not demand Aadhaar

    Again and again they informed us - and disingenuously so - that Aadhaar details were mandatory to avail their services. The Supreme Court has declared the Centre's flagship Aadhaar scheme constitutionally valid.
  • Expect another massive fuel price increase this October

    Expect another massive fuel price increase this October

    Internal factors: These include rising prices in crude oil, transport costs, and taxes and levies. Worse still, is South Africa's technical recession - the first of its kind in nearly 10 years.

    Thugs of Hindostan Trailer: Amitabh Vs Aamir Khan this Diwali

    Aamir Khan's role will make you laugh at every point and he will surprise you with his never seen before avatar. Joshamee Gibbs is superstitious character in POTC series, and overall look of Zeeshan just reminded that.

    Lady Gaga Drops ‘A Star Is Born’ Single ‘Shallow’

    Charismatic and talented leads, confident direction from its first time director and a stunning soundtrack mean this love story for the ages will surely in time become an enduring classic.
  • 'House of Cards' trailer introduces powerful President Underwood

    'House of Cards' trailer introduces powerful President Underwood

    Fans of the Netflix show know that Spacey was sacked from the show after multiple sexual misconduct allegations . House of Cards isn't shedding any tears over the loss of star Kevin Spacey .
    National Hockey League  to investigate Lehtera after drug story

    National Hockey League to investigate Lehtera after drug story

    A spokeswoman for the police department did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. No charges have been filed against him and he's reportedly denied all wrongdoing.
    Trump performs his best material, but fails on Kavanaugh

    Trump performs his best material, but fails on Kavanaugh

    According to Ford, she was friends with one of Kavanaugh's classmates, which resulted in them being at numerous parties together. The Senate Judiciary Committee is questioning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after an anonymous letter was sent to Sen.
  • Eden Hazard: I only care about winning, not Lionel Messi/Cristiano Ronaldo comparisons

    Eden Hazard: I only care about winning, not Lionel Messi/Cristiano Ronaldo comparisons

    Chelsea's Ross Barkley has said that Eden Hazard "is better than" Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi in his current vein of form . Hazard came off the bench to score a sensational victor to book Chelsea FC's place in the fourth round of the cup competition.
    Seth Meyers, 'Crazy Rich Asians' star Awkwafina to host 'SNL'

    Seth Meyers, 'Crazy Rich Asians' star Awkwafina to host 'SNL'

    SNL tweeted Thursday that it has tapped Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina to host the second episode of the season, on October 6, with Travis Scott serving as musical guest.
    Senate Judiciary Committee Schedules Friday Vote for Kavanaugh

    Senate Judiciary Committee Schedules Friday Vote for Kavanaugh

    During her opening remarks on Thursday, Ford said she was "terrified" to be there but felt it was her "civic duty". Among the television viewers on Thursday was Trump , who has mocked the credibility of Kavanaugh's accusers.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.