On December 6, An asteroid was discovered in the middle of the Australian desert.
But this is not a natural phenomenon. This is a well-designed, meticulous transaction that requires years of planning and execution.
Japan’s “Ab Bird 2” spacecraft traveled in space for nearly six years to mark and collect samples of the asteroid Ryugu. The spacecraft dropped a small capsule containing space rock fragments for analysis on Earth . The Japan Aeronautics and Space Administration (JAXA) opened the space capsule last week, and this is the first time this precious space cargo has been shown to the world. There is a surprise in the store.
JAXA published these images on its website and Twitter.
For science, this moment is incredible, but the sharp eyes among you may notice the strangeness in the picture above. You read that right.
The rock wrapped in chamber C of the sample collection bag must have “shed”
There seems to be tin foil inside.
This is the background- These images are the culmination of the Hayabusa2 mission, which landed on the asteroid Ryugu on February 21, 2019, ending a five-year journey. The spacecraft arrived at Ryugu range in June 2018 and spent more than a year flying around its rock companion, collecting Ryugu’s observations and images before the final touchdown.
The spacecraft collected a sample of a small asteroid and dropped it into the Woomera exclusion zone in southern Australia. The 40-centimeter space capsule landed on Earth on December 4, and the team behind the mission found it and retrieved it two days later.
After entering the Japanese laboratory, the scientists finally opened the precious cargo on December 14 and stared at the rare samples in the universe.
Why is it worth mentioning? Inside the capsule is only the second asteroid sample that humans have managed to come into contact with throughout history. By studying samples, scientists hope this will help them better understand the origin of the solar system.
Asteroids are formed from the same material as the solar system, and may contain clues about how water and other biological matter enter the earth and stimulate life as we know it.
Most of our understanding of asteroids comes from meteorites, and when their parent comets and asteroids pass through our planet, they will fall to the earth. However, due to the earth’s atmosphere, water or weather, this material may undergo major changes.
Therefore, when an asteroid flies in space, it will be captured, which provides scientists with the original material of the solar system billions of years ago.
what is new – As seen in the picture, the capsule contains small and severe asteroid debris collected by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft.
There are a total of three capsule compartments containing asteroid samples. The samples in the C cabin are larger than those found in the A cabin. The scientists behind the mission believe that the C cabin samples were collected during the spacecraft’s second touch of the asteroid.
Another strange finding in Room C is a man-made object, which seems to be some kind of tin foil.
According to JAXA, these tiny fragments may be aluminum scraped from the spacecraft during landing. However, there is no conclusive conclusion about what these wastes are and where they come from. However, it does seem to be man-made, so it may cause space garbage.
What’s next- Now that the capsule has been opened, scientists will spend several years analyzing the samples to try to find out the origin of the asteroid Dragon Valley and the origin of our own world.
According to JAXA, the spacecraft seems to have collected enough dirt for preliminary analysis, which suggests that it may have a lot of new information about asteroids.