[MINERVA-II1] The shadow of Hayabusa2 on the surface of Ryugu is gradually becoming stronger. The altitude of the spacecraft is now down to about 400m. ※The image was captured at universal time, UTC 2018-09-21 03:05
[MINERVA-II1] September 21 at 12:25 JST. GATE 3 check was performed and the transition to the autonomous descent phase was declared “accepted”. The spacecraft has now descended to an altitude of about 300m.
[MINERVA-II1] September 21 at 12:58 JST. The altitude of the spacecraft is confirmed to be about 200m.
[MINERVA-II1] September 21 at 13:17 JST. The altitude display for the spacecraft has finally dropped to about 100m. In the control room, you can hear the sound of deep breaths around the room.