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Japan's spacecraft sends capsule with asteroid samples towards Earth

A capsule containing pristine asteroid fragments that may unlock secrets about the formation of the universe has been recovered in the South Australian outback after landing safely back to Earth on Sunday. For the past six years, Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft has conducted a remarkable 5.2bn km mission to extract the first-ever sub-surface samples from the asteroid Ryugu, which scientists hope will shed light on the origins of life. In the early hours of Sunday, Hayabusa2 returned past Earth and dropped a capsule containing the precious sample, weighing less than 0.1 grams, down into the South Australian outback.

News source ~ The Guardian