In the Australian desert, a capsule containing rock samples from the asteroid Ryuku, carried by the Japanese spacecraft “Hayabusa2” from a long space journey, has successfully reached Earth.
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A small capsule with a diameter of only 40 centimeters removed from the probe at an altitude of 220,000 kilometers, entered the Earth’s atmosphere at an altitude of 120 kilometers and opened a parachute at a height of ten kilometers, another probe that could reach the new mission within ten years.
A group of Japanese scientists have reported that the capsule has already been found flying over the area by helicopter.
“We found the capsule! With the whole parachute!” JAXA tweeted.
The landing operation required absolute accuracy. In the proposed area of the capsule landing, the agency deployed several satellite dishes to receive transmitted signals to search for radar, drones and helicopters.
It is not planned to open the capsule in Australia, but to deliver it in Japan and start examining its contents in June next year.
The Hayabusa2 mission was launched in December 2014; 6 billion stone samples per year.
Scientists hope that these samples taken under the asteroid’s surface will know the evolution of the solar system. Studies have shown that studies to date suggest that they may contain water and possibly organic matter, such as amino acids.
The name of Ryugu’s asteroid means “Dragon Castle” and in Japanese mythology it means a dragon castle on the ocean floor.