June 2021 NASA from JAXAA sample of Ryugu collected by Hayabusa2Was delivered. The image above shows the analysis in NASA’s Johnson Space Center lab, which NASA released as “Today’s One” on October 26th.
The re-entry capsule containing the sample of Ryugu collected by Hayabusa2 isIt was separated from Hayabusa2 on December 5, 2020, re-entered the atmosphere on December 6, 2020, and was successfully recovered to the local headquarters in Australia the same day. According to JAXA, the mass of the collected Ryugu sample isAbout 5.4gIt seems to be.
Some of them were delivered to NASA in June 2021.
From Japan for preliminary analysisOne of the first distributed samplesWill be.
Mineralogy for Preliminary Analysis-Mike Zolensky, who was the sub-leader of the Petrology Sub-Team, was one of the first scientists to analyze Ryugu’s samples to determine their basic properties. became. In addition, Mr. Janmi Han and Mr. James Martinez also participated in this analysis from each department of the Johnson Space Center.
The first analysis performed in this way was completed in about five days at the Scanning Electron Microscopy Lab in the Structural Engineering Department of the Johnson Space Center.
Preliminary analysis will continue at the Johnson Space Center.
In this wayCarbonaceous asteroids like Ryugu (C-type asteroids)It is believed that by studying, scientists will be able to better understand the formation of the solar system.
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