The shadow of a Minerva-II lander, captured as it comes down to the surface area of the asteroid Ryugu.


Right about now, there need to be 2 small rovers hopping around the surface area of the big asteroid Ryugu.

The set of round Minerva-II rovers were essentially flung off the Japanese Area Company’s Hayabusa-2 spacecraft on Thursday. Their task is to check the surface area of the area rock prior to the bigger probe tries a landing itself next month.

En route down, the rovers’ on-board video cameras recorded their descent through the shadows that the duo of 7-inch (18 cm) robotics forecasted on the surface area of Ryugu.

The above image was drawn from simply 80 meters (87 backyards) above the surface area. The area company likewise shared images taken by the rovers throughout the descent in real-time as they was available in.

The 2 Minerva-II robotics are created to benefit from the asteroid’s low gravity, making long hops throughout its surface area.

Up next for the Hayabusa-2 objective is another rover, called Mascot. It’ll be sent out to examine the surface area in more information prior to the primary spacecraft comes down to gather a sample, which will become reminded Earth.