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A Japanese spacecraft is about to send a ‘treasure box’ of asteroid dust plummeting to Earth. Watch the sample return live. – Yahoo News

Hayabusa-2 is set to drop bits of asteroid rock down into the Australian outback on Saturday – the first samples from below an asteroid’s surface.

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An illustration shows the Hayabusa-2 spacecraft releasing its sample capsule to Earth. JAXA

  • Japan’s Hayabusa-2 spacecraft is set to deliver a sample of rock and dust from asteroid Ryugu to Earth on Saturday.
  • Hayabusa-2 blasted the asteroid with a bullet in 2019. The “treasure box” it’s bringing back holds the world’s first sample from below the surface of an asteroid.
  • Studying this space rock can reveal new information about the evolution of the solar system and the origins of life on Earth.
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