Central European weather landed in the Australian desert on Saturday night alongside the space capsule of Japan’s Hayabusa-2 spacecraft, which returned to Earth with billions of years of soil samples. The spacecraft received samples from the surface and below the surface of the asteroid Ryugu, which date from the time around the formation of the solar system.
The capsule, which was waiting with great interest, brought two types of soil samples to Earth: one obtained from the surface of the asteroid Ryugu and another taken from below the surface of the asteroid. The researchers were primarily interested in the latter because they were not appreciated for the effects of radiation from space and other environmental factors.
Josikawa Makoto, project manager for the Hayabus-2 mission, said the scientists were primarily shaken by the analysis of organic matter in the soil sample. Life on Earth comes from organic matter, but we still do not know where it comes from. We hope to get information about the origin of the solar system and how life on earth evolved “ said Josikawa.
Carrying a valuable sample of soil, the capsule, which is only 40 centimeters in diameter, became a ball of fire when it entered the Earth’s atmosphere, and then opened a parachute at an altitude of about 10,000 meters.
After they found the capsule by plane They will be shipped to Japan and will only be opened to begin analysis of soil samples.
After the capsule detached, the Airbus-2 spacecraft resumed its distance from Earth to photograph the capsule. It then launches another 1998KY26 asteroid approaching Earth, which is projected to be reached in ten years.