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Japanese robots send pictures after landing on asteroid

ANI | Updated: Sep 24, 2018 13:18 IST

Tokyo [Japan], September 24 (ANI): The Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) has successfully landed two rovers on an asteroid and the robots have sent the first set of photographs giving us a glimpse into what the asteroidal surface is like.
The agency shared the pictures through tweets. The MINERVA-II1 with two rovers was launched from Japan's Hayabusa 2 probe, and landed on the surface of asteroid Ryugu. JAXA tweeted that the rovers are in good condition and moving on the surface.
One of the pictures was captured right after separation of the rover from the spacecraft. It shows the Hayabusa 2 on top and Ryugu's surface. A second image more clearly shows the asteroid with a slightly rocky surface.
The probe is on a mission to collect asteroid sample and return to Earth in December 2020. (ANI)

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