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History made as Japan lands rovers on an asteroid

Japanese Space Agency JAXA has successfully landed two rovers on the surface of an asteroid, making Japan the first country to do so. JAXA's asteroid exploring spacecraft Hayabusa-2 carried a compact rover Minerva-II1, which separated into two cookie-tin shaped rovers, Rover-1A and Rover-1B that landed on a diamond-shaped asteroid 162173 Ryugu to observe and study its surface and explore movement on an asteroid.