Japanese micro-rovers passed the first photos of the asteroid Ryugu

The JAXA Japanese Aerospace Agency confirmed that a pair of MINERVAII1 microrovers, separated from the Hayabusa-2 station on September 21, reached the Ryugu asteroid (162173 Ryugu). According to the official report, both devices are in good technical condition. He successfully moves on the surface of a small planet and transmits the collected information to Earth.
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As confirmation, JAXA has published several images. The first was done with a microversion number 1A two minutes immediately after separation from Hayabusy-2. In the photo you can see both the station itself and the asteroid Ryugu. The picture is very blurry due to the rotation of the device at the time of shooting.
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The second image was taken by the micro-faith 1B a minute after separation from the “Hayabusy-2”. It is much clearer than a similar snapshot of the apparatus 1A. This suggests that the microrover rotated at a noticeably slower speed than its fellow. In the upper left of the picture you can see the sun flare.
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The third image was made by the micro-faith 1A already today at the time of jumping. The MINERVAII1 vehicles move through the asteroid using a special hopping mechanism. Experts have decided that this is the most effective way to travel in conditions of extremely weak gravity Ryugu. It is expected that during the jump the probe can move up to 15 m. The time it takes to hover over the asteroid will be about 15 minutes.
The Japanese micro-rovers passed the first photos of the asteroid Ryugu done, MINERVAII1, through, the apparatus, are, a micro-rover, after, the Earth, surfaces, moment, see, make, branches, Apparatuses, Hayabusy2, you can, image, rather than, jump, Duration

The diameter of the microwavers MINERVAII1 is 18 cm, height - 7 cm, weight - 1.1 kg. They are equipped with several cameras designed to receive stereo images of the Ryugu surface. Also on them are temperature sensors, light, accelerometer and gyroscope. The devices will receive energy from solar panels. The information collected by them should be relayed to Earth via Hayabusu-2, the maximum possible data transfer rate will be 32 kbps / c.

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