Japanese space rovers send footage from asteroid

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Japan's rovers that successfully landed on an asteroid have sent back their first images.

Japan's space agency made history last week as it was the first to ever land robot rovers on an asteroid. The rovers have now sent back high resolution photos of Ryugu's surface.

Due to Ryugu's weak gravity, Rover-1A and Rover-1B move around by hopping. Each rover stays in the air for 15 minutes and moves horizontally up to 15 meters with each hop.

Rovers-1A and Rover-1B are each equipped with multiple cameras which are now taking stereo images of Ryugu. They have also sent back video of the asteroid's rocky surface.

For the next part of the mission, the Hayubusa 2 spacecraft, which deployed the rovers, plans to land on Ryugu by bombing the surface with a missile to create a landing zone for the ship. It will then collect asteroid samples.

The spacecraft is set to return to Earth by the end of 2020.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Hayabusa 2 spacecraft deploying robot rovers onto asteroid surface
2. Rovers move by hopping in the air for 15 minutes
3. Rover cameras capturing asteroid images
4. The surface of Ryugu is bombed with a missile to create a landing zone along with asteroid sample collection

VOICEOVER (in English):
"Japan's space agency made history last week as it was the first to ever land robot rovers on an asteroid. The rovers have now sent back high resolution photos of Ryugu's surface."

"Due to Ryugu's weak gravity, Rover-1A and Rover-1B move around by hopping. Each rover stays in the air for 15 minutes and moves horizontally up to 15 meters with each hop."

"Rovers-1A and Rover-1B are each equipped with multiple cameras which are now taking stereo images of Ryugu. They have also sent back video of the asteroid's rocky surface."

"For the next part of the mission, the Hayubusa 2 spacecraft, which deployed the rovers, plans to land on Ryugu by bombing the surface with a missile to create a landing zone for the ship. It will then collect asteroid samples."

SOURCES: WGN-TV, Scientific American, Japan Today, Forbes, CNN, Space.com
https://wgntv.com/2018/09/29/rovers-send-first-footage-from-surface-of-asteroid/

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/life-unbounded/how-to-hop-on-an-asteroid/

https://japantoday.com/category/national/photos-from-japanese-space-rovers-show-asteroid-is-...-rocky

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bridaineparnell/2018/09/29/japanese-rovers-take-first-video-ever-from-the-surface-of-an-asteroid/#2e26fd4623a0

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/28/asia/japan-hayabusa-rovers-first-video-intl/index.html

https://www.space.com/41957-japan-amazing-asteroid-photos-hayabusa2-rovers.html