2020-12-05 08:04:26

Japan's Hayabusa2 sends capsule carrying asteroid samples towards Earth

Capsule will burn through atmosphere before landing in South Australia in the early hours of Sunday morningJapan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft has successfully separated a capsule and sent it toward Earth to deliver samples from a distant asteroid that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on our planet.The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said the capsule successfully detached Saturday afternoon from 220,000km (136,700 miles) away in a challenging operation that required precision control. The capsule is now descending to land in a remote, sparsely populated area of Woom