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The suspense is over — Hayabusu2 rovers made safe landing

Whew - The suspense is finally over. JAXA's two tiny hopping robots have successfully landed on an asteroid called Ryugu — and they've even sent back some wild images from their new home.

Two little hopping robots deployed to asteroid Ryugu

This morning, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) confirmed the Hayabusa2 deployed the two tiny MINERVA-II1 hoppers toward the surface of the asteroid Ryugu around midnight EDT on Sept. 21, 2018.

A pair of tiny hopping rovers are about to land on an asteroid

Japan's space agency (JAXA) is preparing to deploy two robotic explorers to the surface of an asteroid. On Friday, the Hayabusa-2 spacecraft will dispatch a pair of "rovers" to the 1kilometer-wide space rock known as Ryugu.

Asteroid explorer Hayabusa2 spacecraft reaches its destination

The Japanese spacecraft, Hayabusa2 arrived at the asteroid Ryugu Wednesday after a nearly four-year journey to undertake the first-ever sampling of newly unearthed material from an asteroid.

Japanese spacecraft closes to within 920 km of asteroid Ryugu

Hayabusa2, JAXA's asteroid explorer, and the MASCOT lander, developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the French space agency (CNES) have been traveling through space since December 2014. The intrepid spacecraft is now 920 km from its target.
 

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This image was taken just before Rover-1B hopped. Photograph snapped on September 23  2018 at about ...
This image was taken just before Rover-1B hopped. Photograph snapped on September 23, 2018 at about 09:46 JST [2/6]
JAXA
Urashima Taro encounters children on the beach who are  toying with  a turtle.
The source is: 14. Ur...
Urashima Taro encounters children on the beach who are "toying with" a turtle. The source is: 14. Urashima Taro (うらしま太郎) in: Japanese Ministry of Education (1928) Jinjō shōgaku kokugo tokuhon, kan 3[1], Nihon Shoseki, pages 39–46. Circa: 1928.
Japanese Ministry of Education
This image was captured on September 23  2018 at 10:10 JST by Rover-1B after landing. [3/6]
This image was captured on September 23, 2018 at 10:10 JST by Rover-1B after landing. [3/6]
JAXA
Artist s conception of asteroid explorer  Hayabusa2
Artist's conception of asteroid explorer, Hayabusa2
JAXA/ (Courtesy of Akihiro Ikeshita)
The exposure time is about 0.09 seconds. The part of the image that covers Ryugu is now about 10 pix...
The exposure time is about 0.09 seconds. The part of the image that covers Ryugu is now about 10 pixels in diameter. We are describing the shape seen so far as a "dango"-type, as it looks like the round dango Japanese sweet dumpling made from rice flour (they taste delicious and we can recommend trying one). However, the shape does seem a little more angular, says the JAXA team.
Ground observation team: JAXA, Kyoto University, Japan Spaceguard Association, Seoul National Univer
An incredible shot of the Ryugu asteroid  taken on June 26 by the Hayabusa2 probe.
An incredible shot of the Ryugu asteroid, taken on June 26 by the Hayabusa2 probe.
JAXA, University of Tokyo and collaborators
Artist’s concept of the Hayabusa2 probe taking an asteroid sample.
Artist’s concept of the Hayabusa2 probe taking an asteroid sample.
JAXA