Japan's Hayabusa2 sends capsule carrying asteroid samples towards Earth . | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Japan's Hayabusa2 sends capsule carrying asteroid samples towards Earth .

Japan's Hayabusa2 sends capsule carrying asteroid samples towards Earth
Capsule will burn through atmosphere(?) before landing in South Australia in the early hours of Sunday morning

Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft has successfully separated a capsule and sent it toward Earth to deliver samples from a distant asteroid that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on our planet.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said the capsule successfully detached Saturday afternoon from 220,000km (136,700 miles) away in a challenging operation that required precision control. The capsule is now descending to land in a remote, sparsely populated area of Woomera, Australia, on Sunday.

Hayabusa2 left the asteroid Ryugu, about 300m kilometres (180m miles) away, a year ago. After the capsule release, it is now moving away from Earth to capture images of the capsule descending to the planet.

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