The first photos of samples brought from Japan’s Ryugu asteroid have been published. You can see the amazing photos of the asteroid stones below.
Photographs have been released for the first time from samples brought by Hayabusa2 from the Ryugu asteroid. In the photos shared on the official website of the Japanese space agency JAXA, we have the opportunity to clearly see the Ryugu stones, which resemble charcoal.
Images from the sample catcher A capsule:
Particular attention was drawn to the artificial object in the C capsule in the shared photos. JAXA did not expect to see such an object in the capsule. However, according to the statement made, it is estimated that the artificial object in question was formed as a result of aluminum scraping during the explosive launch process that Hayabusa performed before landing on Ryugu. Still, JAXA said they have begun relevant research to get to the root of this situation.
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Japanese researchers have now begun to do various analyzes on Ryugu samples. Ryugu, which is about 6 billion years old, is thought to contain organic materials that are the building blocks of life in the Solar System. After the sample capsule landed on Earth, Japanese scientists stated that the samples brought from Ryugu could provide very important information about the formation and evolution of the Solar System. It is stated that especially the samples collected from below the surface have a much greater potential.
JAXA also said samples will be available to researchers around the world soon. In other words, not only Japanese scientists but all international researchers will have the opportunity to examine asteroid samples. For example, a portion of the nuımune brought to Earth by the Hayabusa before Japan’s first mission was sent to Turkey as well.
JAXA launched Hayabusa2 into space on December 3, 2014. After nearly three and a half years of long travel, the spacecraft successfully landed in Ryugu’s orbit in June 2018. Afterwards, Hayabusa studied Ryugu in all its details for about a year and a half, identified the best landing areas and collected multiple samples. It has been stated that Hayabusa, who has achieved an incredibly efficient mission scientifically, traveled 5.24 billion kilometers in space in six years.