Rover-1B succeeded in shooting a movie on Ryugu’s surface! The movie has 15 frames captured on September 23, 2018 from 10:34 – 11:48 JST. Enjoy ‘standing’ on the surface of this asteroid! [6/6] pic.twitter.com/57avmjvdVa
— HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) September 27, 2018
The photos reveal new details of the surface of the space rock, which is known as Ryugu.
On 21 September, the rovers were released on to the surface by the “mothership”, Hayabusa 2.
Hayabusa 2 reached Ryugu in June after a three-and-a-half-year journey.
The pictures show in clear relief the rugged, boulder-strewn landscape of this striking Solar System body.
The robots, known as Rover 1A and Rover 1B, are now both confirmed to be working on the surface of the space rock.
The 1kg autonomous rovers move about by hopping, using the asteroid’s low gravity. Each one contains a motor-powered internal mass that rotates to generate force, propelling the robot across the surface.
Some more pictures from the source:
Rover 1B also sent back the first video footage from the surface of an asteroid.
although it won’t play on this news source….
Here is the .gif of the captures…plus other pictures of the surface > HAYABUSA2 TWITTER FEED
As Hayabusa2 descended towards Ryugu to deploy the MINERVA-II1 rovers, the ONC-T camera snapped the highest resolution image yet of the asteroid surface!
MINERVA-II1 rovers send images from asteroid Ryugu
Published on Sep 27, 2018
JAXA’s Asteroid Explorer “Hayabusa2” deployed the MINERVA-II1 rovers to explore the surface of asteroid Ryugu on 21 September 2018. The MINERVA-II1 consists of two rovers, Rover-1A and Rover-1B, both landed on the surface of asteroid Ryugu and sent back images and a short movie. Credit : JAXA, University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, Aizu University, AIST
I have posted about this before, but it is always good to revisit things with a high coolness factor.