If you could stand on the asteroid Ryugu, about 194 million miles from earth, this is what you’d see:
Two tiny, hopping rovers that landed on asteroid Ryugu last week have beamed back some incredible new views of the asteroid’s rocky surface.
The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Hayabusa2 sample-return mission dropped the two nearly identical rovers, named Minerva-II1A and Minerva-II1B, onto the surface of Ryugu on Sept. 21. In a new video from the eyes of Minerva-II1B, you can watch the sun move across the sky as its glaring sunlight reflects off the shiny rocks that cover Ryugu’s surface.
“Please take a moment to enjoy ‘standing’ on this new world,” JAXA officials said in a statement released today (Sept. 27).