In Australia, a Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) search team found and delivered a capsule containing soil samples taken from the Ryugu asteroid to its local headquarters. The soil was collected by the Japanese interplanetary Hayabusa-2 probe, and the capsule with it was dropped to Earth on December 5.
“Today, December 6 at 08:03 Japanese time, the helicopter and the capsule arrived at the local headquarters, and the capsule was taken inside the building,” JAXA said in a statement. Twitter.
The Ryugu asteroid is 340 million km from Earth. Hayabusa-2 has been in the region of the asteroid since June 2018. Until November 2019, and landed on it twice. During one of the landings, it detonated to create an artificial crater and retrieve the earth from the deeper layers of the asteroid. According to the researchers, theoretically, there may be organic compounds in asteroid soil, which may indicate the possibility of primitive life on it.
More information on the possible discoveries can be found in the materials of Ogonyok magazine, Interstellar Sugar.