Hayabusa 2 Rover Robots On Ryugu- Japan Creates History

The World’s First Mobile Controlled Robot Rover Landing On Asteroids

A lot has been said and done about the spacecraft landing on Asteroids. Countries as Japan and the USA have been neck go neck in the space race. However, last week etched a considerable victory in the name of the Japanese Space Center. Two robot rovers successfully landed on Ryugu.

View of Ryugu from Hayabusa2 Robot Rovers


The two unmanned robot rovers (MINERVA II1) landed on asteroids this Saturday and Japan etched its name is the history. The first nation to do so. It might sound partly unusual and slightly crazy. The first time people across the globe would see asteroids with the help of mobile rover robots. Excited?

We all are.

The Japanese Space Agency aka JAXA gave this statement on 21st September.

Key Highlights
  • A Hayabusa 2 spacecraft carried the two unmanned robot rovers to Ryugu (Asteroid)
  • The spacecraft followed an obituary movement to head towards the asteroids.
  • The spacecraft was at a distance of 20 km from Ryugu on Thursday.
  • As the Hayabusa 2 went near the asteroids (100m), the reflection of the spacecraft was visible. To carve their presence, they passed an image of the Shadow.

Hayabusa2 shadow by Robot Rovers

To Quote A Statement by Spokesman of Jaxa

“I felt awed by what we had achieved in Japan. This is just a real charm of deep space exploration,”

Shreds of evidence Revealed By Robot Rovers

After Hayabusa landing on Ryugu, fragments of photos has been sent back to JAXA. Several data and significant images suggest that the asteroids dwell there from long. An array of organic materials and water wealth paves the way to a belief that all these lead to life on Earth. Presence of a 1 1 km wide rock supports the above insights. The place is a treasure of relevant information that sheds light on facts related to Solar System formation. The scientist is now able to justify the myth associated with the evolution of ocean life. Also, the building blocks of Earth has beautifully revealed post gathering images sent by MINERVA II1 of Hayabusa. 

The rover robot in Hayabusa are decked up with cameras. Four on the first and three on the second. These are highly capable of capturing glimpses of asteroids surface. Also, optical sensors and temperature gauges, gyroscopes and accelerometer make it easier to connect with instances on Ryugu.

Future Aspects Of Robot Rovers

The Hayabusa rover robot is all set to float and toss across the surface of the asteroids. An excellent image of the place is viewed via the robots. This would not end here. It is expected that as the month loops to end, the spacecraft Hayabusa would land on the surface of Ryugu. A massive success for the world. A significant blow after the world would see samples of asteroids. Besides that, JAXA aims at launching a third robot Rover.

Having said all that, the Robot Rover is on vacation. It would leave the place in December 2019 to safely head back to its home by 2020.

Similar to this, NASA sought to initiate a mission that dates to 2023.

Now who does what and how is a mystery. Let’s wait to catch up the latest updates on robotic rovers.

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