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.