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Ryugu Asteroid Surface Photos taken by JAXA 1A, 1B Rovers Composition, Features

JAXA rovers 1A and 1B sent first ever Images from other world asteroid Ryugu surface containing water and mud as old as 4 billions of years

Japan space agency made history by sending JAXA rovers on an Asteroids known as Ryugu. JAXA Two rovers 1A and 1B are present on the asteroid Ryugu surface. 

Asteroids are small, rocky objects that orbit the sun. Although asteroids orbit the sun like planets, they are much smaller than planets. 

There are lots of asteroids in our solar system. Most of them live in the main asteroid belt a region between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

Some asteroids are hundreds of miles in diameter, but many more are as small as pebbles. Most asteroids are made of different kinds of rocks, but some have clays or metals, such as nickel and iron.

The rovers weight around 1 kg and are pretty much the size and shape. They fuelled by a solar-powered internal mass that rotates to generate force. Ryugu is 900 meters (2,952 feet) wide and is thought to be a particularly ancient type of asteroid known as a C-type asteroid.

Researchers hope that by studying it, we could learn more about the evolution of Earth.

As well as taking these breathtaking images and videos, the rovers will be measuring temperatures across the surface of the asteroid, and will also eventually collect underground material. Ryugu is thought to contain water.


 

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