Hayabusa2 Rovers Start Probing Asteroid Ryugu

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We’ve sent rovers to explore neighboring planets and moons, but we can now check another near-Earth target off of the list.

On September 21, Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully deployed two rovers on to the surface of asteroid Ryugu, becoming the first in history to accomplish such a feat. Once there, rover-1A and 1B were quick to get to work. They began exploring the surface, snapping pictures and taking videos, giving us a long-awaited ground-level view of an asteroid.


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