The capsule managed to separate from spacecraft at a height of 220,000 kilometers from Earth and landed in the Australian desert on Saturday night, Central European Time. After the space capsule landed in southern Australia, they were able to intercept its radio signals, which could be found, and a helicopter took off from the Woomera air base. says Japanese space agency Jaxa.
The capsule, which was waiting with great interest, brought two types of soil samples to Earth: one originating from the surface of the Ryugu asteroid and another tucked beneath the surface of the asteroid. Researchers are interested in the latter mainly because they have not been appreciated for the effects of spaceborne radiation and other environmental factors.
The Australian rear capsule.
Magnificent images have been released of the discovery and restoration of the # Hayabusa2 sample return capsule in Woomera Forbidden Area, South Australia.
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Josikava Makoto, project manager for the Hajabus-2 mission, said scientists were mostly defeated by analyzing organic material in the soil sample.
“Life on Earth comes from organic matter, but we still don’t know where it comes from. We hope the details of the organic matter brought down by Hajabus-2 will provide information about the origin of the Solar System and how it life on Earth evolved, ”Josikava said. .
Carrying a precious soil sample, the capsule, only 40 centimeters in diameter, became a fireball when it entered the Earth’s atmosphere, and then opened a parachute at an altitude of about 10,000 meters.
The capsule will be shipped to Japan and will only be opened there to begin analyzing soil samples.
After the capsule detached, the Hairbus-2 spacecraft began to move away from Earth again to photograph the capsule. It then embarks on another “1998KY26” asteroid approaching Earth, destined to arrive in ten years.
If you weren’t at Coober Pedy to see it, we bring it to you! ☄️
Watch as the # Hayabusa2 capsule fireball crossing the sky headed for the Woomera Prohibited Area. Thanks to @JAXA_en for catching this unbelievably #space now. @ haya2e_jaxa pic.twitter.com/L1cSA9Ep5z
– Australian Space Agency (@AusSpaceAgency) December 5, 2020
Nyitókép: Twitter / Australia Space Agency