In the Australian desert area, a capsule with rock samples from the asteroid Ryuku, transported from a long space voyage by the Japanese rover “Hayabusa2”, has made it to Earth, according to the Japan Space Research Agency (JAXA).
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The tiny capsule, which is only 40 centimeters in diameter, apart from the probe at 220,000 kilometers, enters the Earth’s atmosphere at 120 kilometers and opens the parachute at ten kilometers, while the probe itself, called “Falcon” in Japanese, is assigned to the mission. new to another distant asteroid that could be reached in ten years.
A team of Japanese scientists has announced that the capsule has been found by flying over the area in a helicopter.
“We found the capsule! With the whole parachute!” tweeted by JAXA.
Landing operations require extreme precision. At the capsule’s landing destination, the agency deployed a number of parabolic antennas to receive the signals it sent, with radar, drones and helicopters for search.
It is planned that the capsule will not be opened in Australia, but will be shipped to Japan and begin analyzing its contents in June next year.
The Hayabusa2 mission was launched in December 2014; Rock samples 6 billion years old.
Scientists hope that samples taken beneath the asteroid’s surface will provide insight into the evolution of the solar system. Studies to date suggest that these rocks may contain water and possibly organic material, such as amino acids, which may be the “source of life on Earth,” the researchers said.
The name of the asteroid in Ryuk means “Dragon Castle” and in Japanese mythology means dragon castle at the bottom of the ocean.