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Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft brings pieces of asteroid back to earth

Asteroids are like "baby pictures" of the cosmic neighborhood
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Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft has brought back a capsule containing asteroid fragments that may unlock secrets about the formation.

Hayabusa2 has conducted a remarkable 6 years mission to extract sub-surface samples from the asteroid Ryugu, which scientists hope will shed light on the origins of life.

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The capsule landed in Australia

The Japanese spacecraft landed in the desert of southern Australia, it’s the second time in mankind history that materials from an asteroid have been returned to earth. 

Scientists are eager to see the rocks as pristine samples from an asteroid could tell a lot more about the formation of the Solar System.

Scientists believe that asteroids are like “baby pictures” of the cosmic neighborhood. These space rocks have been around since the dawn of the Solar System.

Wilfred Tan
Former journalist cum editor. I lead the content creation process at News Asia Today. From the awesome country of Malaysia.