Rovers From Hayabusa2 Land On Asteroid

Rovers from Hayabusa2 land on asteroid

Japan's space agency says 2 rovers released from its Hayabusa2 probe have successfully landed on the asteroid Ryugu.

JAXA officials announced on Saturday that images beamed back to Earth showed that the MINERVA-II1 rovers had touched down on the asteroid.

The 2 robotic vehicles were released on Friday, Japan time, after the Hayabusa2 descended from an altitude of 20,000 meters to 55 meters from the asteroid's surface.

The Hayabusa2 is carrying 2 more robotic vehicles.

Its predecessor, Hayabusa, failed to land a rover on the asteroid Itokawa in 2005.