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Rover captures video from asteroid's surface


Posted on Friday, 28 September, 2018 | Comment icon 10 comments

(Above) A still image captured by one of the rovers. For the video, see below. Image Credit: JAXA
Japan's space agency has revealed the first ever video footage recorded from the surface of a moving asteroid.
The asteroid in question - Ryugu - is currently being explored by two 'hopping' rovers as part of JAXA's groundbreaking MINERVA-II1 program as well as by the orbiting Hayabusa2 spacecraft.

The footage consists of 15 frames captured over a period of approximately 90 minutes and offers a unique glimpse of what it might be like to stand on the surface of an asteroid hurtling through space.

"I cannot find words to express how happy I am that we were able to realize mobile exploration on the surface of an asteroid," said project manager Yuichi Tsuda.

"I am proud that Hayabusa2 was able to contribute to the creation of this technology for a new method of space exploration by surface movement on small bodies."

Next month, another, much larger rover called MASCOT will be deployed, followed by another hopping robot next year. The mission's ultimate goal will be to retrieve a sample of rock and return it to Earth.

It is hoped that the findings will help to teach us more about the origins of the solar system.


Source: The Guardian | Comments (10)

Tags: Japan, JAXA, Ryugu, Asteroid

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by seanjo on 28 September, 2018, 19:28
Wow!
Comment icon #2 Posted by DirtyDocMartens on 28 September, 2018, 21:35
I'm not sure 15 photos taken 6 minutes apart count as video footage. Seems like a bit of an oversell.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Seti42 on 28 September, 2018, 23:17
Yeah, too back Stanley Kubrick is dead. The Japanese should have gotten him to fake their footage.  
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog on 29 September, 2018, 0:43
Wow we see some pebble and rocks, incredible that tiny gravity can bring stuff together like that. Was thinking of a solid rock but it's more complex, intriguing.
Comment icon #5 Posted by pallidin on 29 September, 2018, 1:07
This is truly beyond superb. Wow.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Tatetopa on 29 September, 2018, 17:19
Well Seti42, it is better to have a few grainy real images than a fake movie short I think.
Comment icon #7 Posted by toast on 29 September, 2018, 17:39
Smooth touchdown on an object thats moving at a speed of 34km/sec and in a distance of 300M km to Earth. Plus: well focused images taken. Well done!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Black Monk on 30 September, 2018, 13:01
Gravity is still by far the weakest of the known forces.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Hankenhunter on 1 October, 2018, 5:20
Not from where am standing. Most of me seems unduly attracted to the south pole lately.  /saggy old guy
Comment icon #10 Posted by Aardvark-DK on 3 October, 2018, 5:47
This is so cool... Can't wait for the conspiracy guys, analyzing these images :D


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