Hayabusa2 descent modules successfully landed on the asteroid

On September 21st two rovers of the Japan Hayabusa2 mission were separated from the station and landed to the surface of 1999 JU3 asteroid. Both rovers, 1A and 1B are functioning normally.

This is the first time in history when two automatic rovers roll around an asteroid (actually, they move by jumping). The task of the rovers in making 3d images of asteroid’s ground. Besides, descent modules are equipped with an accelerometer, gyroscope and thermometer.

The study of asteroids is very important: many of them are the same old as the Solar system. Therefore, exploring asteroids, we can study the material from which the planets once were formed.


NASA InSight mission will measure temperature of Martian soil at 16 feet depth

InSight mission was launched on May 5, 2018 and now spacecraft passed more than half the way to Mars. On November 26 it will land to the Martian Elysium Planitia. In case of mission success, this will be the first research of red planet in-depth as all of previous attempts were failed.

InSight carries three instruments on board: HP3 (Heat-Flow and Physical Properties Probe) for in-depth temperature measurements, RISE (Rotation and Interior Structure Experiment) for a precise determination of Mars rotation parameters, and SEIS (Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure) — the most sensitive seismometer ever used in space.