Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission, which involves two landers (ROVER-1A and 1B), has officially touched down on the surface of asteroid 162173 Ryugu. They’ve been busy conducting tests as well as snapping amazing photos. The mission will soon launch ROVER-2, which will use optical and ultraviolet LEDs to locate floating dust particles. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.
“MASCOT (Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout), meanwhile, will tumble rather than fly but can use its camera, infrared spectrometer, magnetometer and radiometer to study the smaller structural details of the asteroid’s looser surface material. The main Hayabusa 2 vessel should near the surface in October, when it will shoot a tantalum ‘bullet’ into the asteroid so that it can catch particle samples and return them to Earth,” reports Engadget.