Japanese scientists will get a first look at the Hayabusa2 asteroid monster return capsule

Japanese scientists got their first look at the sample capsule of the Hayabusa2 spacecraft, and even the first look is promising.

The Hayabusa2 spacecraft was launched in 2014, heading for a near-Earth asteroid called Ryugu. The mission arrived in Ryugu in 2018 and spent about a year and a half observing and sampling the asteroid before taking off last year to deposit its sample capsule in Earth’s atmosphere. On December 5, the capsule landed in the Woomera Prohibited Area in Australia; Scientists from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), which is leading the mission, then flew the capsule to Japan.