Jun 10

Scientists pull Japanese asteroid capsule from Outback

Source: AFP

Scientists in Australia's vast Outback on Monday recovered a capsule of the Hyabusa mission that they hope contains the first piece of asteroid ever brought to Earth -- perhaps offering a glimpse into ancient space history.

The pod was ejected from a Japanese space probe as the host vessel burned up in a spectacular display over Australia following a seven-year odyssey across the solar system to the far-off Itokawa asteroid.

It lay in the desert dust overnight before scientists were given the go-ahead to retrieve it after Aboriginal elders said it had not landed in any indigenous sacred sites. (read more)

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