Japan’s asteroid probe sends lander to surface, delivers another ‘first’ photo

Ryugu Asteroid Photo

The Japanese asteroid probe Hayabusa-2 has already delivered some gorgeous images from its orbit around the asteroid Ryugu which it arrived at a number of weeks ago. The delivery of a pair of rovers to the rock's surface yielded even more photographic eye candy last week, and today brings yet another gorgeous look at the object's surface.

The Hayabusa-2 spacecraft packed a whole bunch of fancy tools along for its years-long trip to Ryugu, and the latest to get its shot at examining the rock is the MASCOT lander. As the cube-shaped lander descended to the rock yesterday it captured its first image of the asteroid and sent it back home.

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