Numerous boulders, many rocks, no dust: MASCOT's zigzag course across the asteroid Ryugu

Six minutes of free fall, a gentle impact on the asteroid and then 11 minutes of rebounding until coming to rest. That is how, in the early hours of 3 October 2018, the journey of the MASCOT asteroid lander began on Asteroid Ryugu – a land full of wonder, mystery and challenges. Some 17 hours of scientific exploration followed this first 'stroll' on the almost 900-metre diameter asteroid. The lander was commanded and controlled from the MASCOT Control Centre at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) site in Cologne in the presence of scientific teams from Germany, France and Japan. MASCOT surpassed all expectations and performed its four experiments at several locations on the asteroid. Never before in the history of spaceflight has a Solar System body been explored in this way. It has now been possible to precisely trace MASCOT's path on Ryugu's surface on the basis of image data from the Japanese Hayabusa2 space probe and the lander's images and data.

Numerous boulders, many rocks, no dust: MASCOT's zigzag course across the asteroid Ryugu

Six minutes of free fall, a gentle impact on the asteroid and then 11 minutes of rebounding until coming to rest. That is how, in the early hours of 3 October 2018, the journey of the MASCOT ...

Fri 12 Oct 18 from Phys.org

Japan delays spacecraft landing on very rocky asteroid

Japan's space agency is delaying a spacecraft touchdown on an asteroid because scientists need more time to find a safe landing site on the extremely rocky surface.

Fri 12 Oct 18 from Phys.org

'Crazy' Rocky Surface of Asteroid Ryugu Revealed in MASCOT Images

The European MASCOT lander bounced down to the rocky surface of an asteroid last week.

Sat 13 Oct 18 from SPACE.com

MASCOT completes first scientific 'stroll' across asteroid Ryugu

The German lander MASCOT has completed its first scientific 'stroll' across the asteroid Ryugu.

Fri 12 Oct 18 from UPI

MASCOT's zigzag course across the dust-free Asteroid Ryugu

Bonn, Germany (SPX) Oct 15, 2018 Six minutes of free fall, a gentle impact on the asteroid and then 11 minutes of rebounding until coming to rest. That is how, in the early hours of 3 October ...

Sun 14 Oct 18 from SpaceDaily

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