The Japanese space probe Hayabusa-2 (Falcon-2) during the flight to the asteroid Ryugu was able to collect the amount of soil samples necessary to study its structure, the mission was crowned with success. This was announced on Tuesday by a representative of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) reports the Tass edition.
In addition, Japanese specialists were able to collect space gas that is emitted by the asteroid samples. In the near future, they intend to study its chemical composition.
On December 5, Hayabusa-2 dropped a capsule with samples from Ryugu to Earth, thus completing its six-year expedition to this celestial body. The capsule successfully landed in southern Australia, where it was discovered by Japanese specialists. She was subsequently taken to the JAXA labs near Tokyo.
Experts have already opened the capsule and found numerous particles of soil inside. They are dark in color. JAXA will be able to start directly analyzing the samples after their preliminary sorting by approximately next summer.
After dropping the capsule, the probe made a maneuver to evade the Earth and went on an expedition to the asteroid 1998 KY26 with a diameter of 30 meters. Hayabusa 2 is expected to land on its surface in July 2031 and take soil samples that may contain particles of water and organic matter.