The Japanese space agency confirms asteroid dust inside the capsule

The Japanese space agency confirms asteroid dust inside the capsule

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s space agency said on Monday it had confirmed the presence of black soil samples inside a capsule that the spacecraft Hiabosa 2 returned from a distant asteroid last week.
The pan-sized capsule, 40 cm (15 inches) in diameter, was dropped by Hiabosa 2 on December 6 at a site in a sparsely populated Australian desert, which arrived last Tuesday for research for Japan That will provide insight into it. The solar system and the beginning of life on earth.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said its scientists opened the capsule and found an undisclosed amount of sandy black particles.
The JAXA said in a statement, “It is clear that Ryogo (Najma) is from an asteroid.
JAXA said it would continue the preliminary examination later before completing the sample.
The samples were collected from TouchDown, which Hayabus 2 built last year on Ryogo, 300 million kilometers (190 million miles) from Earth. Landing was more difficult than expected due to the extremely rocky surface of the asteroid.
The first landing collected samples from the Riogo surface and the second collected underground samples. Each was stored separately.
Scientists hope that asteroid sub-surface samples can provide information from billions of years ago affected by space radiation and other environmental factors. JAXA scientists say they are particularly interested in the organic matter in the sample to learn how they are distributed in the solar system and if they are related to life on Earth.
After nearly a year of studies in Japan, some of the samples will be shared with NASA and other international groups for additional research starting in 2022.

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