Sunday, December 6 2020 at 14.00
Japanese spacecraft Hajabus-2 returned to Earth on Saturday with soil samples aged 4.6 billion years from around the time of the solar system, said Japanese space agency Jaxa, adding that once the space capsule lands in southern Australia, it can intercept radio signals. can be found.
The capsule managed to escape from the spacecraft 220,000 kilometers from Earth and landed in the Australian desert on Saturday night, Central European Time. After the radio signal was picked up, a helicopter took off from Woomera Air Base.
The capsule, which is highly anticipated, brings two types of soil samples to Earth: one from the surface of the asteroid Ryugu and one taken from beneath the asteroid’s surface. Researchers are especially interested in the latter because they have not yet assessed the effects of radiation from space and other environmental factors. Josikava Makoto, the project manager for the Hajabusza-2 mission, said scientists were particularly interested in analyzing organic matter in soil samples.
Soil samples (Photo: Getty Images)
Life on Earth came from organic matter, but we still don’t know where it came from. We hope that the breakdown of organic matter brought in by Hajabus-2 can provide information about the origin of the Solar System and how life on Earth developed.
Said Josikava Makoto.
Carrying valuable soil samples, the capsule, which is only 40 centimeters in diameter, becomes a fireball as it enters Earth’s atmosphere, and then a parachute opens at an altitude of about 10,000 meters. Once the capsules are found, they will be flown to Japan and will only be opened there to begin analyzing soil samples.
After the capsule was released, the Hairbus-2 spacecraft began moving away from Earth again to take pictures of the capsule. It then starts another asteroid “1998KY26” approaching Earth, which is slated to be reached in ten years.
UPDATE: The mission’s Twitter page announced on Sunday that the capsule was found on Saturday. He held a press conference in Sagamihara, Japan, on Sunday morning Cuda Juicsi The project manager said that Hajabusza-2 returned home.
We found a treasure chest. The capsule collection is perfect. No damage was found on the box
Cudai Juicsi added.
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