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Japan’s space agency just landed two space robots on a freaking asteroid

Space robots, man.

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Image: Twitter

JAXA, Japan’s space agency, just successfully landed two robots on a moving asteroid. And the best part? They sent photos back.

According to CNET, the MINERVA rovers were recently launched from Japan’s Hayabusa 2 probe, which has been circling an asteroid called Ryuga for the past few months. The goal of the two rovers is to survey the asteroid and bring its findings back to earth sometime in December of 2020.

Check out some of the tweets and photos below:

The two MINERVA launched September 21 and as you can see from the tweet above, you can see how it successfully landed. Sure, the images are a little blurry, but that’s something you would expect from a robot that just landed on a fucking asteroid. Apparently, the cause of this blurry image was because the rover was violently spinning when the photo was taken.

As you can see in the image above, this clearly paints us the picture of the asteroid in the right-hand corner of the Twitter photo.

The picture above is the latest shot sent back from the Hayabusa probe, and man, it’s simply unreal and breathtaking.

Sometime in October, Hayabusa plans on landing a much larger rover called the MASCOT to explore the asteroid. The goal of this experiment is to bring back asteroid samples back to earth when it comes back to earth in December next year.

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