A large number of small particles are confirmed in the “sample chamber A” inside the collected capsule (12/15 ~ 11:10 JST). This pattern is considered to be the first touchdown on Ryugu. The photo looks brown, but our team says “black”! Sample return is a huge success! pic.twitter.com/34vIx17zOXDecember 15, 2020
Japanese scientists have obtained their first glimpse samples inside the capsule Hayabusa 2 spacecraft, And even the first look is promising.
The Hayabus 2 spacecraft, launched in 2014, is called a near-Earth cluster. Ryugu. The mission arrived in Ryugu in 2018 and spent the last day leaving the year to deposit its sample capsules in the Earth’s atmosphere before leaving last year to maintain and sample the planet. On December 5, the capsule landed in the Woomera Prehibid Area in Australia; The scientist with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), who runs the mission, then flew the capsule to Japan.
On Monday (December 14), the mission crew saw their first glimpse inside the capsule. Representatives of the mission said, “We have confirmed that the black beans were considered inside Ryugu.” Written on Twitter. “It’s outside the main chambers, and the particles are probably attached to the entrance to the sample catcher.”
The sample container inside the re-entry capsule was opened on December 14, and we confirmed that the black grains were considered inside the rye. It is outside the main chambers, and is probably attached to the entrance of the particle sample catcher. (English release available tomorrow) https://t.co/NAw1R1cjvy pic.twitter.com/5BfXxfH29hDecember 14, 2020
Scientists later opened one of the three sample chambers and confirmed that it contained a considerable amount of beaches. Those chambers hold real treasures: they are the place where the Hayabus 2 spacecraft directed. Pieces of Ryugu It dragged on during the two collection moves.
During one of those sampling attempts, the spacecraft grabbed the rocks from under the star; During the second, it Shot a copper In the planet to expose the sub-surface material. The compound should allow scientists to understand how the harsh atmosphere of space has affected the surface of Ryugu.
Another procedure performed on the newly returned capsule was to measure the trapped gases if some of the gas in it originated from Ryugu.
Jaxa has not yet announced when scientists will enthusiastically begin analyzing the straw bits. Despite the Earth’s intelligent fleet of spacecraft, Analyzing bits from other worlds in Earth Labs Scientists are still given more powerful tools to solve planetary science questions.
Because of the ancient debris of the planet since the formation of the solar system, scientists hope that studying these Ryugu specimens will help them understand the early days of the solar system.
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