Contents of capsule brought back from asteroid revealed

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Contents of capsule brought back from asteroid revealed

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U.S. The sample will return to Earth in 2023. 

This computer graphics image released by JAXA shows the Hayabusa2 spacecraft above the asteroid Ryugu. 

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Following studies in Japan for about a year, some of the samples will be shared with NASA and other international groups for additional research beginning in 2022.Project manager Yuichi Tsuda called the mission a “rare event in human history.” It marked just the second time pristine, untouched material directly from an asteroid has been brought back to Earth. Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe, which is roughly the size of a refrigerator, launched in December 2014, thrilling scientists when it landed on the diamond-shaped asteroid Ryugu, which means “dragon palace” in Japanese, located 185 million miles away. The NASA OSIRIS-REx mission recently collected a sample from another near-Earth asteroid — Bennu, which is similar to Ryugu. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said its scientists opened the capsule and found an unspecified amount of sandy black particles. The pan-shaped capsule, 15 inches in diameter, was dropped by Hayabusa2 from space onto a spot in a sparsely populated Australian desert on Dec. JAXA said it will continue an initial examination ahead of fuller studies of the samples later.The samples were gathered from touchdowns that Hayabusa2 made last year on Ryugu, more than 190 million miles from Earth. First published on December 14, 2020 / 2:25 PM The sample container inside the re-entry capsule was opened on December 14, and we confirmed black grains thought to be from Ryugu were inside. It arrived in Japan last Tuesday for research that will hopefully provide insights into the origins of the solar system and life on Earth. In this handout image from Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), a member of JAXA collects Hayabusa2’s capsule carrying the first extensive samples of an asteroid after it landed in the Woomera restricted area, Australia, December 6, 2020. 

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Scientists are hoping the asteroid’s subsurface samples can provide information from billions of years ago unaffected by space radiation and other environmental factors. 6. Each was stored separately. JAXA scientists say they are particularly interested in organic materials in the samples to learn about how they were distributed in the solar system and if they are related to life on Earth. Japan space agency reveals what’s inside capsule brought back from asteroid

December 14, 2020 / 2:25 PM

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Japan’s space agency said Monday it has confirmed the presence of black soil samples inside a capsule that the spacecraft Hayabusa2 brought back from a distant asteroid last week. The landings were more difficult than expected because of the asteroid’s extremely rocky surface.The first landing collected samples from Ryugu’s surface and the second from underground. This is outside the main chambers, and likely particles attached to the sample catcher entrance. (English release available tomorrow)— HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) December 14, 2020

“It’s obviously from Ryugu,” JAXA said in a statement, according to the Associated Press.