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Japan/Canadian-Media: Collection of the samples from asteroid Ryugu within the sample container inside the re-entry capsule of the asteroid explorer, Hayabusa2 was confirmed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
The recovery of Hayabusa2 re-entry capsule was in Woomera, Australia took place on December 6, 2020 and delivered to the JAXA Sagamihara Campus on December 8 watched over by many people. Below is a movie and photos to share the excitement of the capsule arrival.
Movie "Banzai!" with thousands of emotions
On December 8th, 2020, the re-entry capsule arrived at the JAXA Sagamihara Campus,
Work to open the sample container inside the re-entry capsule began and on December 14, a sample of grains of black sand thought to be derived from asteroid Ryugu was confirmed to be inside the sample container. These are believed to be particles attached to the entrance of the sample catcher (the container in which the samples have been stored).
Work on opening the sample catcher that sits in the sample container would be continue and the removal of the samples would proceed with the analysis by the curation and initial analysis team.
Tsuda PM interviewed by the press