Two Japanese robots are now happily hopping on an asteroid [Updated]

Enlarge / The Hayabusa2 spacecraft spies its shadow Thursday night as it descends toward Ryugu to deploy two small rovers. (credit: JAXA)

Saturday update: More than 24 hours after they were released by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft, the Japanese Space Agency has finally provided an update on the fate of the two tiny robots released to fly down to the surface of the asteroid Ryugu. And they're doing quite well indeed.

"We are sorry we have kept you waiting!," the space agency, JAXA, tweeted. "


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