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Hayabusa Capsule Opening
Hayabusa Capsule Opening
24 Jun 2010
(Source: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)

We announce that we will start opening the sample container of HAYABUSA on June 24, 2010 (Japan Standard Time) in the curation center (*1) at the JAXA Sagamihara Campus. It will take about one week to finish opening the sample container (*2).

A diagram of the Hayabusa sample return capsule.
A diagram of the Hayabusa sample return capsule.

(*1) Curation Center : the facility that accepts samples and provides treatment and storage of the samples.
(*2) Sample container : A box inside the capsule where the samples are stored.

The curation operations are being carried out in cooperation with NASA.

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