These Photos of Asteroid Ryugu from the Successful MASCOT Landing Are Amazing | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


These Photos of Asteroid Ryugu from the Successful MASCOT Landing Are Amazing

Earlier this week, a spacecraft plopped a small lander on a diamond-shaped space rock far, far away — and before that robot ended a marathon 17-hour work session, it sent back some incredible images of its descent.

The lander, called MASCOT, is part of an international mission to explore a primitive asteroid called Ryugu and is the third robot to venture onto the asteroid's surface. And unsurprisingly, the view from a shoebox-size lander being dropped onto a space rock is pretty wild.

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