It is confirmed that a large number of particles are in “sample chamber A” inside the collected capsule (~ 11:10 JST 12/15). It is believed to be the example of the first touchdown on Ryugu. The photo looks brown, but our team says “black”! The return of samples is a great success! pic.twitter.com/34vIx17zOX
– HAYABUSA2 @ JAXA (@ haya2e_jaxa) December 15, 2020
On December 5, the capsule landed in the Woomera Prohibited Zone in Australia and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) returned the capsule to Japan.
“We confirmed black specks thought to be from Ryugu were inside,” mission officials written on twitter. “It’s outside the main chambers, and probably particles attached to the entrance to the sample receiver.”
The Hayabusa2 spacecraft was able to obtain these samples by grabbing rocks on the surface of the asteroids and shooting a copper bullet into the asteroid to uncover material underground. These two types of samples “should allow scientists to understand how the harsh environment in space affected the surface of Ryugu.”JAXA has yet to announce when scientists will start analyzing this asteroid dust, but considering that “asteroids are primordial rubble left over from the formation of the solar system, scientists hope that studying these samples from Ryugu will help to understand the beginnings of the solar system. “
Any advice to give us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adam Bankhurst is a news editor for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Tic.