The Japanese space Agency has revealed new images from the surface of the asteroid

The Japanese aerospace exploration Agency (JAXA) has published a new portion of data obtained from the asteroid Rovers, MINERVA-II1, successfully carried out the landing on the asteroid Ryugu 21 September in the framework of the mission “Hayabusa-2”. On the published picture shows the surface of an asteroid, covered with rather large boulders. In addition, for the first time obtained video from the surface of the asteroid. The animation consists of 15 frames received by the module Rover-1B September 23, 2018 and covers 74 minutes of real time. The camera captured the movement of the Sun, reports the website of the mission.

Judging by the images, both Rovers moving on the surface of the asteroid jumps are in fully functional condition and able to shoot.

Recall that the interplanetary automatic station “Hayabusa-2”, launched into space in 2014, reached the orbit of the asteroid Ryugu June 27. On 21 September, the unit landed on the surface of the object two of the Rover. Both devices are equipped with various scientific instruments for analysis of soil surface Ryuga and move through it using a special hopping mechanisms. In the future, the asteroid will be planted large immobile lander, and a third Rover.

The photo was received on 23 September 2018 unit Rover-1B immediately after the jump

This photo was obtained in the same Rover immediately after landing

This image with the surface Ryuga was made September 23, 2018 unit Rover-1A

The photograph was taken by the Rover unit-1A on September 23. It shows the shadow from the antenna module, and a special pin. According to the website of the mission, these pins perform three functions: increase the area of fiction when you jump, to protect solar panels from damage when landing, and also have built-in temperature sensors to directly measure the surface temperature of Ryugu

Animation from the device Rover-1B, which shows the movement of the Sun

Other photos can be viewed on the website of the mission.

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