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It was a windy, blustery day when Google Lunar XPrize team Hakuto took to the dunes in Hamamatsu to test their rovers. We were there to capture the proceedings.
Welcome to the dunes outside of Hamamatsu, Japan. This was the site of Team Hakuto's rover test in late 2014.
Before heading to the beach, members of the team went through final preparations in a nearby conference room.
Professor Kazuya Yoshida oversees the members of the team, most of whom are students at Tohoku University.
On the beach, a scrum of Japanese media showed up to capture the proceedings.
These are the rovers Team Hakuto tested.
The big rovers are called MoonRaker, and they're identical test units. The smaller is called Tetris.
A closer shot of Tetris, which is dragged behind MoonRaker on a tether.
Tetris has a small camera on the front, and hopefully will be dropped down into lava tubes on the moon.
MoonRaker uses a 360-degree camera that protrudes from the top of its carbon fiber chassis.
The scene on the beach.
Japanese media gathered to capture a shot of Tetris being deployed down the side of a dune.
Team Hakuto members controlled the rovers via laptops positioned some distance away.
This is the deployment box to simulate the lunar lander that will deploy MoonRaker and Tetris on the moon.
And a close-up of MoonRaker, ready to roll out and explore the simulated lunar surface.
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