The Rovers have transmitted to Earth pictures from the surface of the asteroid.
Interplanetary station “Hayabusa-2” successfully landed landers MINERVA-1 on the surface of the asteroid Ryugu, both devices are working normally and send pictures, said in a statement on the website of the mission, informs Rus.Media.
“We have received confirmation that both devices sit on the surface of the asteroid Ryugu. Both Rovers are in good condition, they transmit pictures and data. The analysis of these data confirmed that the modules move over the surface of Ryugu”, – stated in the message. Thus, MINERVA-1 became the first in the history of space exploration Rovers on the surface of the asteroid, noted in the Japanese space Agency JAXA.
Modules Rover-1A and 1B have a hexagonal shape and the size 18 inches in diameter, a height of seven centimeters and a weight of about 1.1 kg each. Rover-1A is equipped with four cameras, Rover-1B – three, they are designed to create stereoscopic images of soil Ryugu. The modules are able to move around the surface of the asteroid due to the hopping mechanism and is equipped with sensors to measure soil temperature, optical sensors, an accelerometer and a gyroscope.
Automatic station “Hayabusa-2” was launched into space in December 2014. Its aim is to deliver soil samples from the asteroid 162173 Ryugu that belongs to the asteroid class C. the Unit has successfully arrived to the asteroid on June 27 and came to a stable 20-kilometer orbit around it. In the coming months, the probe will explore the Ryuga from orbit down to the surface module MASCOT (Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout) on which the spectrometer, a magnetometer, a radiometer and a camera. It is assumed that when approaching Ryugu camera shot on the surface of the device SCI (Small Carry-on Impactor), consisting of a copper shell and explosive charge, thereby researchers will have the opportunity to study the composition of the top layer of the soil of the asteroid. After taking samples of soil from the surface Ryugu station will go back to Earth and drop a capsule with the substance of the asteroid in December 2020.
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