Japan Space Probe Lands New Robot on Asteroid

A Japanese probe landed a new observation robot on an asteroid on Wednesday as it pursues a mission to shed light on the origins of the solar system.

The French-German Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout, or MASCOT, launched from the Hayabusa2 probe, landed safely on Ryugu and was in contact with its team, the lander’s official Twitter account said.


“And then I found myself in a place like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery and danger!,” the @MASCOT2018 account tweeted.

“I landed on asteroid Ryugu!”

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MASCOT is expected to collect a wide range of data on the asteroid, some 300 million kilometres (190 million miles) from Earth.