The monster capsule from the asteroid Ryugu was found in an Australian desert

  • Paul Rincon
  • BBC News Science Editor


Model of the space device that collected fragments of the asteroid.

An Australian team has found and recovered a space capsule containing samples from an asteroid.

And it is estimated that these are the first significant amounts of an aerolite that can shed new light on the history of the solar system.

The capsule, which contains material from the space rock Ryugu, was parachuted near Woomera, a desert region in South Australia.

The samples were collected by the Japanese Hayabusa-2 spacecraft, which spent more than a year investigating the asteroid.

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