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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has captured the first asteroid video ever. Ryugu asteroid that has an appearance of diamond-shaped space rock (1km in diameter), orbits the Sun between the Earth and Mars.
Watch the first asteroid video here, and then share with us about your opinion of the footage.
The two rovers, Rover 1A and Rover 1B, were launched onto Ryugu’s surface on September 21 by Hayabusa2. According to the video “The 15-frame video was shot on September 23, two days after two Minerva-2 (Micro/Nano Experimental Robot Vehicle for Asteroid) rovers separated from the unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa2 and touched down on the asteroid. It shows the Sun passing overhead as seen from the rocky surface of Ryugu”.
“By studying asteroids, we learn more about the early Solar System and more about life itself,” the “Science Guy” and Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye mentioned. “It is amazing to be a human living at this moment in the history of space exploration.”
“I cannot find words to express how happy I am,” said project manager Yuichi.
Information About Ryugu Asteroid
Ryugu, provisional designation 1999 JU3, is a near-Earth object and a potentially hazardous asteroid of the Apollo group. It measures approximately 1 kilometer (0.6 mi) in diameter and is a dark object of the rare spectral type Cg, with qualities of both a C-type asteroid and a G-type asteroid. It is believed that Ryugu contains water, which is why it’s named after a magical palace at the bottom of the sea.
Information About Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is the Japanese national aerospace and space agency. JAXA was formed on 1 October 2003 and is responsible for research, technology development and launch of satellites into orbit. It is involved in many more advanced missions such as asteroid exploration and potential manned exploration of the Moon.
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