Megapixels: A rover snaps a pic as it hops along the surface of an asteroid

Popular Science | 9/24/2018 | Staff
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On Saturday afternoon, two rovers known collectively as the MINERVA-II1 (MIcro Nano Experimental Robot Vehicle for Asteroid, the second generation) separated from the Hayabusa-2 spacecraft and headed for the nearby surface of the gemstone-shaped asteroid Ryugu.

One of the fully-autonomous rovers captured the image above as it hopped across the surface soon after landing. You can see Ryugu to the left, and a reflection of the sun—that bright spot to the right.

Blurry - Rover - Motion - Pic

If it looks a little blurry, that’s because the rover was in motion when it snapped the magnificent pic.

The gravity on Ryugu is so faint that engineers had to get very creative when thinking of ways to move the rovers around the surface. A rover like the ones used on...
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