The Japanese Space Agency JAXA confirmed on Sunday, December 6, 2020, that it has received samples collected from the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft Ryugu asteroid. The collected samples were launched to Earth with a capsule from the spacecraft that was on its way.
Hayabusa 2 represents an unprecedented success. Scientists hope to collect at least 0.1 g, or 100 mg of sample from the asteroid.
After 6 years of space travel, Australia landed this morning on Woomera, where we treasure our treasure chest, ”said Yuichi Tsuda, Databus-2 project manager.
his entry capsule from the atmosphere in Turkey clock 20:30 from passing through the Earth’s atmosphere, and the atmosphere is said to return to shoot the ball. However, this does not pose a problem, as the capsule can hold up to 3000 ° C.
The capsule that landed in the deserts of Australia will be sent to Japan. The capsule will first be checked by scientists for gas analysis.
Can Organic Material Be In Capsules?
Samples collected from Ryugu by Hayabusa2 launched in 2014 arrive at a distance of approximately 300 million km from Earth.
Large planets like Earth underwent changes at the surface and depth, with warming and solidification. But since these substances do not melt in small planets or asteroids, is thought to have remained unchanged for 4.6 billion years .
By examining these samples, scientists will investigate whether there are organic materials that can help start life on Earth.
“We still do not know the origin of life on Earth, and if we can understand these organic materials by studying samples from Ryugu, thanks to the Hayabusa 2 mission, we can explain that perhaps life on Earth may have come from these organic materials,” says Makoto Yoshikawa, manager of Hayabusa2 mission
Half of this sample will be shared with JAXA and NASA and international organizations. The remaining half will be used in future research following advances in analytical technologies. The spacecraft Hayabusa 2, which sent the capsule, will continue on its way, meeting the 2001 CC21 in July 2026 (98943) and then the 1998 KY26 asteroid in July 2031.