Experts from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have discovered a capsule with soil samples from the asteroid Ryugu. The delivery of important material to Earth was carried out by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft.
The samples were collected during the first landing on the asteroid in February 2019.
According to preliminary estimates, there was even more soil and gases inside the container than expected. In addition, this is the first sample of gas taken from the surface of an asteroid and delivered from space to Earth.
We have confirmed the receipt of a fairly large amount of soil and gases from the asteroid Ryugu. We now have extraterrestrial specimens that we have long dreamed of.
Hayabusa2 Mission Leader Yuichi Tsuda
Further sample research will continue in 2021. As JAXA has repeatedly pointed out, Ryugu’s soil exploration could shed light on the mysteries of the origin of the solar system and the origin of life on our planet.