"Now we are working on confirmation of receipt of images from the landing MINERVA-II1". Being isolated on the far side is just a temporary setback, however. Each one measures 7 inches wide by 2.8 inches tall (18 by 7 centimeters) and is packed with scientific gear, including temperature and optical sensors and a suite of cameras.
[MINERVA-II1] The altitude of Hayabusa2 when this image was captured was about 80m (262 feet).
Next month, Hayabusa2 will deploy an "impactor" that will explode above the asteroid, shooting a 2-kg (4-lb.) copper object into the surface to blast a crater a few meters in diameter.
The two little disk-shaped robots that will soon separate from the orbiter are called MINERVA-II1A and MINERVA-II1B.
Hayabusa2 probe arrived at the asteroid Ryugu this past June, but it's been waiting for the right time to launch its two cylinder-shaped rovers, which will use Ryugu's low gravity to jump 50 feet above the asteroid's surface and take photos before returning to the ground.
The target touchdown site for NEAR (yellow circle) landing on asteroid Eros in 2001.
If Rover-1A and 1B are on Ryugu, they will have more company soon.
Hayabusa2 is also scheduled to attempt three brief touch-and-go landings on the asteroid to collect samples in the hope of providing clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth.
A pair of Minerva-II rovers are dropped on the egg-shaped Ryugu astroid. This type of space rocks have darker surface and they constitute 75 percent of all known asteroids.
The solar panelled-powered rovers move by "hopping" because the extremely weak gravity on the asteroid makes rolling hard.
"Therefore, this hopping mechanism was adopted for moving across the surface of such small celestial bodies". "The rover is expected to remain in the air for up to 15 minutes after a single hop before landing, and to move up to 15 m [50 feet] horizontally". "Scout", now that would have been a good name, too.