On Friday 15th of December, PoliSpace held a great event. We had the chance to connect with Dr Giuseppe Cataldo, who spoke about the Mars Sample Return Campaign. After the conference we could reach him and ask some more questions to know more about him and his life. You will know everything about the interview in our next article, but know let’s step back and see what MSR Campaign is.
Hayabusa2 brings asteroid samples to Earth
A phenomenal mission by Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) was initiated in 2014 with the task of attaining samples from the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu, located 300 million kilometers from our planet. The spacecraft Hayabusa2 touched-down on the bound asteroid on June 27, 2018.
The craft, with its four small remote rovers, spent a year and a half on the target. Hayabusa2 carried multiple payloads for sampling and sensing with the ambitious goal of analyzing the environmental and geological context of the asteroid. The initial mission was to recover only 0.1 grams of the sample, while after the success of the mission it attained much more than the initial target. The spacecraft landed on the asteroid twice and collected much more than the initial target, set to 0.1 grams. Eventually, Hayabusa2 gathered 5.4 grams of first-ever sub-surface soil samples. The craft collected and stored the samples in a specialized thermal insulated sample-return capsule (SRC). The shuttle took its course back to Earth and touched down on December 5, 2020, near Woomera prohibited area in Australia. The samples will soon be analyzed by JAXA’s Extraterrestrial Sample Curation Center where international scientists can request a small portion of the samples. The samples could possibly provide clues about the advent of water and organic molecules to Earth.
Share This Post
Subscribe to our Newsletter:
More To Explore
The Sun sings to us: discover the Helioseismology!
Have you ever wondered how pizza was invented? Legend has it that the most famous pizza was created by the stroke of genius of the