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The capsule of samples of the asteroid Ryugu recovered in the desert in Australia

  • Paul Rincon
  • Science Editor for BBC News


A model of a spacecraft collecting fragments of an asteroid.

An Australian team has located and retrieved a space capsule containing asteroid specimens.

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

The capsule, which contains material from a space rock called Ryugu, was parachuted near Wumera, a desert in southern Australia.

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

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