Asteroid capsule landing point detected

Asteroid capsule landing point detected
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  • calendar-gray 06 December 2020

A recovery team in Australia has detected the landing point of a space capsule bearing the first large quantities of rock from an asteroid, APA reports citing BBC.

The capsule, containing material from a space rock called Ryugu, parachuted down near Woomera in South Australia.

The samples were originally collected by a Japanese spacecraft called Hayabusa-2, which spent more than a year investigating the object.

The capsule separated from Hayabusa-2, later entering the Earth's atmosphere.

Screaming towards Earth at 11km/s, it was picked up by cameras as a dazzling fireball streaking over Australia's Coober Pedy region.


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