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The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency successfully landed the rovers on Friday - becoming the first in history to land two rovers on an asteroid at the same time.

Officials hope to confirm a successful landing in a day or two, when the spaceship sends data from the rovers to Earth.

"We are sorry we have kept you waiting!" Based on the data, JAXA confirmed that the two rovers landed on Ryugu.

The JAXA team confirmed on Twitter that both survived the landing, are in good condition and moving on the surface. It is a follow-on to the Hayabusa mission that returned 1,500 grams of asteroid Itokawa in 2010. "This is most likely because of the pivot to Ryugu, and MINERVA-II1 is presently on the furthest side of the space rock". The image was taken immediately after separation from the spacecraft.

Spectacular photos captured their "hop" onto Ryugu's barren surface. The image is blurred because the shot was taken while the rover was rotating.

Just knowing that two tiny robots are now hopping merrily around an asteroid with nearly no gravity makes our own world seem a little bit merrier.

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In the next phase of the $ 150 million mission expedition in December 2014, the Hayabusa 2 motherboat, orbiting Rigou this year on June 27th, will launch a larger static spacecraft in October in the asteroid (MASCOT), and another Minerva in 2019.

Ryugu is a particularly primitive variety, and studying it could shed light on the origin and evolution of our own planet.

The robots touched down on the asteroid on Saturday after which, the spacecraft was lifted to an altitude of 12.5 miles or 20 kilometers.

The bouncing robots were put away at the base of the "mothership" Hayabusa2 in a drum-moulded holder. Collectively, they form a 3.3kg science package known as Minerva II-1. With Hayabusa2 out of harm's way on the other side of Ryugu, the HMX will detonate, blasting a copper impactor into the surface while a free-flying camera released earlier records the impact.

What will they do there?

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They can hop and float around thanks to motor-powered internal rotors, which propel the robots across the asteroid. It will orbit the asteroid for about 18 months before heading back to Earth with samples in a capsule that will be ejected and land in Australia in 2020.


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