Hayabusa2: Japanese probe returns asteroid sample to Earth

06.12.2020 - Deutsche Welle

Hayabusa2: Japanese probe returns asteroid sample to Earth
The 40-centimeter diameter capsule landed in the sparsely populated Woomera area of Australia (Image by DW)

The capsule from the Japanese space probe has landed in the Australian desert. Scientists are hoping for a treasure trove of information about the solar system and life on Earth from tiny samples of the asteroid Ryugu.

A capsule carrying asteroid samples from a Japanese space probe landed in the South Australian desert on Saturday, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) reported.

Scientists hope the samples — possibly weighing just 0.1 grams — from the Ryugu asteroid will provide clues to the origin of life and the formation of the solar system. It is believed that the 4.6 billion-year-old material has remained unchanged since the system around the Earth’s sun formed.

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