By George Dvorsky: Japan’s MINERVA-II rovers have sent back a batch of new photos from Ryugu, including a stunning new video taken from the asteroid’s rocky surface.
The 15-frame video was captured by MINERVA-II2, also known as Rover 1B, on September 23, the same day that it and its companion, MINERVA-II1, landed on Ryugu, an asteroid located 174 million miles (280 million kilometers) from Earth.
The rovers were dispatched by Japan’s Hayabusa2 space probe, which arrived in orbit around the asteroid back in June. 
Artist’s conception of the MINERVA-II rovers. Illustration: JAXA
MINERVA-II, in case you were wondering, stands for “MIcro Nano Experimental Robot Vehicle for Asteroid, the second generation,” the first generation being MINERVA from JAXA’s first Hayabusa mission.