A small capsule dropped by Japans’ Hayabusa2 spacecraft in a container box arrives at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s research facility in Sagamihara, near Tokyo Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. The capsule containing asteroid soil samples that landed in the Australian Outback arrived Tuesday in Tokyo for research into the origin of the solar system and life on Earth. (Yu Nakajima/Kyodo News via AP)
Researchers with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency have opened the capsule dropped by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft earlier this month and confirmed the presence of black soil samples from the asteroid Ryugu. Scientists in Japan will examine the samples for about two years, then will share them with other countries so they can carry out their own studies.
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