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Particles Found in Hayabusa Capsule
Particles Found in Hayabusa Capsule
6 Jul 2010
(Source: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)

Minute particles were confirmed in the sample container of HAYABUSA, whose unpacking operation was started on June 24 (JST) at the Curation Center at the Sagamihara Campus.

We are still unsure if those particles are something from asteroid ITOKAWA or from the Earth, thus we will further examine them.

Image of sample capsule
Inside Hayabusa's sample capsule.
Image of small particle.
A small particle from Hayabusa's sample return capsule.
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Last Updated: 6 Jul 2010