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Mon Dec 7, 2020, 01:54 AM

Hayabusa-2: Capsule with asteroid samples in 'perfect' shape


By Paul Rincon
Science editor, BBC News website

Published 19 hours ago

A capsule containing the first significant quantities of rock from an asteroid is in "perfect" shape, according to scientists.

The container with material from a space rock called Ryugu parachuted down near Woomera in South Australia on Saturday evening (GMT).

A recovery team in Australia found the spacecraft lying on the sandy ground, with its parachute draped over a tree.

The samples were originally collected by the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa-2.

The spacecraft spent more than a year investigating Ryugu before returning to Earth. As it approached our planet, Hayabusa-2 released the capsule with the samples and fired its engines to push off in another direction.

More:
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-55201662

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Judi Lynn Dec 2020 OP
TomDaisy Dec 2020 #1
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Duppers Dec 2020 #3
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 02:03 AM

1. cool

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 03:49 AM

2. I hope they publish the chemical make-up of the samples

Much of the planet‘s supply of rare metals, such as iridium, is thought to come from meteorites and asteroids.

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Response to DFW (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 01:02 AM

3. Bet they will.



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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 04:42 AM

4. Thanks for link

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Response to burrowowl (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 09:52 PM

5. Thank you, burrowowl.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 15, 2020, 07:40 AM

6. Science!

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