Japan ahead of everyone in Space Exploration?
On September 21, 2018, JAXA separated the Minerva-Ⅱ1 from the asteroid probe ‘Hayabusa 2’ (separation time is 13:06 in Japan time). Its Hayabusa 2 probe successfully landed on the asteroid Ryugu. The officials at JAXA say it was a success because of the images beamed back to earth. This believe it or not is a very significant achievement in space exploration.
The rovers landed on the 1-kilometer wide asteroid. There should be new photos coming soon aside from the ones we have shown here now that Ryugu is occupied. Their primary function will be photos and the collection of other data from the surface. In a statement made by JAXA, they said the purpose is to, “clarify interactions between the building blocks of Earth and the evolution of its oceans and life, thereby developing solar system science.” The Hayabusa 2 predecessor, Hayabusa, failed to land a rover on the asteroid Itokawa in 2005.
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— JAXA（宇宙航空研究開発機構） (@JAXA_jp) September 22, 2018
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