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Japan's hopping space rovers land on asteroid

Two mini space rovers have landed on an asteroid and sent images back to Earth.
Japan's space agency, JAXA, launched the rovers on the Hayabusa2, and they released from the craft on 21 September.
The team behind the expedition faced a nervous two-day wait for the Minerva-II rovers to send back information, but on Sunday, they confirmed the rovers landed.
Japan's hopping space rovers land on asteroid

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Rover-1A, on the right, lands on the asteroid's surface
A statement from JAXA read: "The two rovers are in good condition and are transmitting images and data. Analysis of this information confirmed that at least one of the rovers is moving on the asteroid surface."The rovers hop across the surface, because the gravity on the Ryugu asteroid makes it impossible for them to roll.Yuichi Tsuda, Hayabusa2 project manager said: "I cannot find words to express how happy I am that we were able to realise mobile exploration on the surface of an asteroid."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."
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