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Japan's 1st amphibious assault force certified during exercise with U.S. Marines

Japan's 1st amphibious assault force certified during exercise with U.S. Marines

Business
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- The Iron Fist 2019 multilateral training event concluded earlier this month, which included the certification of Japan's first amphibious assault force. The 14th installment of Iron First also marked the first time Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers brought their own amphibious assault vehicles, the U.S. Marine Corps said in a release this week. Iron Fist, held in Southern California, was one of two training exercises between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force this month. The other, Forest Light 19.2, will conclude Friday in Japan's Aibano Maneuver Area and has included roughly 400 U.S. Marines based in Okinawa, the Marine Corps said in a separate release. "Separated by nearly 10,000 miles of the Pacific Ocean, these exercises are takin...
Japan's hopping space rovers land on asteroid

Japan's hopping space rovers land on asteroid

Technology
Two mini space rovers have landed on an asteroid and sent images back to Earth. Japan's space agency, JAXA, launched the rovers on the Hayabusa2, and they released from the craft on 21 September.The team behind the expedition faced a nervous two-day wait for the Minerva-II rovers to send back information, but on Sunday, they confirmed the rovers landed. Image: Rover-1A, on the right, lands on the asteroid's surface A statement from JAXA read: "The two rovers are in good condition and are transmitting images and data. Analysis of this information confirmed that at least one of the rovers is moving on the asteroid surface."The rovers hop across the surface, because the gravity on the Ryugu asteroid makes it impossib...
Hayabusa-2: Japan's rovers send pictures from asteroid

Hayabusa-2: Japan's rovers send pictures from asteroid

Science
Japan's space agency (JAXA) has made history by successfully landing two robotic explorers on the surface of an asteroid.The two small "rovers", which were despatched from the Hayabusa-2 spacecraft on Friday, will move around the 1km-wide space rock known as Ryugu.The asteroid's low gravity means they can hop across it, capturing temperatures and images of the surface."Both rovers are in good condition," the agency confirmed on Saturday. Skip Twitter post by @haya2e_jaxa We are sorry we have kept you waiting! MINERVA-II1 consists of two rovers, 1a & 1b. Both rovers are confirmed to have landed on the surface of Ryugu. They are in good condition and have transmitted photo...