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Japan space agency confirms asteroid soil inside capsule

15/12/2020 11:37 PM | Click to read full article

Japan's space agency said Monday it has confirmed the presence of black soil samples inside a capsule that the spacecraft Hayabusa2 brought back from a distant asteroid last week.

The pan-shaped capsule, 40 centimetres in diameter, was dropped by Hayabusa2 from space onto a spot in a sparsely populated Australian desert on Dec. 6. It arrived in  Japan last Tuesday for research that will hopefully provide insights into the origins of the solar system and life on Earth.