The Shadow of the Rover MASCOT before he landed on Ryugu. Photo taken of spaceship Hayabusa2 of the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency. ( Hayabusa2 )
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency reports that the asteroid Ryugu is full of rocks and boulders, almost no flat landing areas.
MASCOT Lander Finally on Ryugu
The Franco-German rover, Mascot, successfully reached the surface of Ryugu on October 3rd and has already begun researching the asteroid. JAXA has also begun receiving and publishing photos from the Rover.
Scientists at Mission Control in Cologne used the cameras aboard the spacecraft Hayabusa2 to track the rover's path over the 900-meter-diameter asteroid.
"What we saw from afar gave us an idea of what it might look like on the surface," explains MASCOT Science Director Ralf Jaumann. "In fact, it is even crazier on the surface than expected, everything is wrapped in rough blocks and dotted with boulders, we do not yet know how compact these blocks are and what they are made of, but what was most surprising was the large accumulation of There is nowhere to be found any fine material ̵
MASCOT was supposed to be an" extension "of the spaceship Hayabusa2 on the surface of Ryugu. So far, four experiments have been performed on different locations of the celestial object.
Hayabusa2 Delays Landing
Following the discovery, JAXA will delay the landing of Hayabusa2 on the surface of the asteroid Ryugu. The spacecraft, which was launched in 2014, was originally planned to make touch-and-go landings later this year to collect samples of the asteroid. However, scientists found that the asteroid was stonyer than expected.
JAXA will need to formulate a new plan to land the spaceship on the surface of Ryugu before returning home. Yuichi Tsuda, project manager behind Hayabusa2, said his team would need at least a month.
The spaceship will practice its touchdown later this month as it approaches the asteroid. However, it will try to land next year.
Hayabusa2 arrived in Ryugu in June this year. In September, two "hopping" rovers called the Minerva II-1A and Minerva II-1B were dropped to explore the surface of the asteroid before the spacecraft landed.
The Hayabusa2 mission on Ryugu hopes to unveil new information about the creation of the solar system. Asteroids are remnants of the formation of the solar system about 4.6 billion years ago, and could give scientists an insight into how planets, including Earth, were created.
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