Friday , July 30 2021

The capsule with samples of the asteroid Ryugu recovered in an Australian desert

  • Paul Rincon
  • BBC News Science Editor

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Model of the space device that collected fragments of the asteroid.

An Australian team located and recovered a space capsule carrying samples from an asteroid.

And they are estimated to be the first significant amounts of an aerolite to shed new light on the history of the solar system.

The capsule, which contains space rock material called Ryugu, crashed into a parachute near Woomera, a desert area in southern Australia.

The samples were collected by the Japanese spacecraft called Hayabusa-2, which spent more than a year researching the asteroid.

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