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DW News 5 Dec 2020

Japan's Hayabusa-2 space probe brings rare asteroid samples to Earth


A Japanese space capsule carrying rare asteroid material has landed back on earth after a six-year journey covering more than five billion kilometers. Japanese space agency staff applauded as the capsule detached from the probe Hayabusa-2 and began its final approach to earth. The capsule landed at a remote base in Australia. The probe collected rock and soil samples billions of years old from the distant asteroid Ryugo. Scientists hope the material will provide clues about the origins of the universe and life itself.

The China National Space Administration has announced the Chang'e 5 returner module is set to land in Mongolia later today. On board are around two kilograms of moon rocks and dust. The mission has made China the first country to have retrieved these samples since the 1970s. And for the Chinese government it's also way of showing the world how advanced it is, when it comes to space exploration. Michael Hartlep has the details.
Japan's space agency says its capsule carrying samples from an asteroid has landed in Australia.
The mission began with the launch of the Hayabusa2 spacecraft six years ago.
Scientists hope the material from the rock called Ryugu could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and how life on our planet started.

Al Jazeera's Laura Burdon-Manley reports.
A #Chinese #lunar #capsule returned to Earth on Thursday with the first fresh rock samples from the #moon in more than 40 years, offering the possibility of new insights into the history of the solar system and marking a new landmark for China's rapidly advancing space program. 
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