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JAXAJapan Aerospace Exploration Agency (also seen as AXA)
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According to a statement by Vice President Koichi Wakata of JAXA, 'The upcoming demonstration of long-distance laser communication technology will mark the first in-orbit demonstration for the Space Exploration Innovation Hub Center, and we have very high expectations for this technology.
JAXA is hoping to to use the rover to "explore the moon's polar regions".
JAXA intends to acquire data related to driving technologies in order to develop a manned, pressurized lunar rover.
JAXA said the samples may contain water and organic materials.
By early afternoon, JAXA said the probe had descended around five kilometres and was on track to touchdown Thursday on the Ryugu asteroid, some 300 million kilometres (185 million miles) from Earth.
Officials from the Sri Lankan Embassy in Japan were at JAXA to witness the launch.
A live webcast of the control room showed dozens of JAXA staff members nervously monitoring data before the touchdown before exploding into applause after receiving a signal from the probe, Hayabusa2, that it had landed.
The Diwata-2 launch was different, because this was the first time we could witness the actual deployment into space from a Jaxa H-IIA rocket.
On September 22, JAXA confirmed that the rovers had indeed safely landed and were in prime condition to collect data.
Summary: Tokyo [Japan], September 24 (ANI): The Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) has successfully landed two rovers on an asteroid and the robots have sent the first set of photographs giving us a glimpse into what the asteroidal surface is like.