Friday, December 3

The capsule with samples of the asteroid Ryugu recovered in an Australian desert

  • Paul Rincon
  • BBC News Science Editor


Model of the space device that collected fragments of the asteroid.

An Australian team located and recovered a space capsule carrying samples of an asteroid.

And it is estimated that they are the first significant quantities of an aerolite that can shed new light on the history of the Solar System.

The capsule, which contains material from the space rock called Ryugu, fell by parachute near Woomera, a desert area in southern Australia.

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

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