RIP, MASCOT: Hopping Lander Meets Its End on Asteroid Ryugu | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

RIP, MASCOT: Hopping Lander Meets Its End on Asteroid Ryugu

The shoebox-size, hopping robot, which touched down on the 3,000-foot-wide (900 meters) asteroid Ryugu Tuesday night (Oct. 2), has given up the ghost, mission team members announced this morning (Oct. 4).

That seems pretty quick, but MASCOT's non-rechargeable lithium-ion battery actually lasted a bit longer than the expected 16 hours. [Japan's Hayabusa2 Asteroid Ryugu Mission in Pictures]

"All done with work! Oh my ... can that be right? I explored Ryugu for more than 17 hours. That is more than my team expected. Do I get paid overtime for this? #asteroidlanding," MASCOT said (via mission team members) on Twitter this morning.

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