In a first for the world, a pair of moving Space Robots have landed on the surface of an asteroid. This was announced by the space agency of Japan on Saturday. The mission is a part of its efforts to find out more about the beginnings of the solar system.
This moving robotic observation of the surface on an asteroid is something that is first for any space agency in the world. The space robots are round, shaped in the form of a cookie tin. Those were successfully launched by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on an asteroid named Ryugu. This was a day after they were released from the Hayabusa2 probe, as per the agency.
JAXA has also informed that each of the rovers are operating as per expectations. Those would also jump on the surface of the asteroid banking upon its low gravity. Space Robots could jump almost 15 meters which is 49 feet. And not just that, they can also stay in that position for almost 15 minutes. This would enable them to examine the physical features of the asteroid properly.
Project manager at JAXA Yuichi Tsuda stated that they at JAXA are proud for having developed a new method for space exploration. Earlier in 2005, JAXA had made an unsuccessful attempt to launch a rover on a different asteroid.
This time around, their successful mission does not end here. Next month Hayabusa2 will deploy an “impactor” which would likely explode above the asteroid to shoot a copper object, weighing around 2 kg, to create a small crater on the surface of the asteroid. Fresh materials, which so far have not been exposed to wind or radiation, would be revealed by the crater. This, the scientists of NAXA feel would go a long way in finding crucial answers about origins of the universe and life on it.