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What does the asteroid sample taken by the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa-2 contain?

Tokyo, December 15, 2020, Tuesday

Japan is also a leading country in making new discoveries in space science. The Hayabusa-2 spacecraft, launched by Japan three years ago, was able to take samples from the surface of an asteroid with a capsule last November. Hayabusa Yan collected samples of dust and other material from the asteroid Ryugu, which moves 200 million km from Earth. Hayabusa-2 sent a capsule filled with asteroids to Earth. Upon entering Earth’s atmosphere, the friction caused it to become a fireball and fall into the Australian desert.

Scientists from the Japan Space Exploration Agency on Tuesday examined the container inside the burnt capsule and found asteroid dust. “We were really surprised when we checked the container,” scientist Hirotaka told a news outlet. The equipment was much better and in better condition than expected. These were not just fine particles like powder, but had to be measured in millimeters. Scientists hope that this sample will not only help unravel the mystery of the creation of the universe, but also shed light on the creation of life on Earth. It will be possible to know how organic matter formed and developed on the asteroid.

The Japanese space agency called the asteroid sample obtained by the Hayabusa spacecraft “very important”. The sample raised new hopes. Now a campaign will be launched to bring samples of the new asteroid. An asteroid is the same rock as a large planet in solar orbit. A large number of the asteroids in the solar system are found in the orbital belts of Mars, Jupiter and Jupiter. It is believed that when the solar system formed 2.5 billion years ago, clouds of gas and dust could not have appeared in the form of planets. It then turned into rocks over time.

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