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Thursday, February 20, 2020
The Course that MASCOT Took Throughout Asteroid Ryugu Throughout its 17 Hours of Life

The Course that MASCOT Took Throughout Asteroid Ryugu Throughout its 17...

The tiny hopping-robot MASCOT completed its 17 hour mission on the asteroid Ryugu in early October. Now the German Aerospace Center (DLR) has released an image of MASCOT’s path across the asteroid. Surprised by what MASCOT found on the surface, they’ve named the landing spot “Alice’s Wonderland.” MASCOT (Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout) was dropped onto…
Even Ganymede is Revealing Tectonic Activity. We’re Going to Requirement Another Icy Moon Orbiter

Even Ganymede is Revealing Tectonic Activity. We’re Going to Requirement Another...

Ganymede was shaped by pronounced periods of tectonic activity in the past, according to a new paper. It’s no longer active and its surface is more-or-less frozen in place now. But this discovery opens the door to better planning for future missions to Jupiter’s other frozen moon Europa. Unlike Ganymede, Europa is still tectonically active,…
A German-French Hopping Robotic Simply Arrived On the Surface Area of Asteroid Ryugu

A German-French Hopping Robotic Simply Arrived On the Surface Area of...

Earlier this week asteroid Ryugu had a visitor. The Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) landed on Ryugu on October 3rd after it was successfully deployed from the Japanese Hayabusa2 space probe. The little hopping robot’s visit was brief however, and it stopped functioning on Oct. 4th. MASCOT’s mission was successful. It was designed to be…

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