Upon its return, it is to release its sample container for re-entry and recovery in remote Australia, though it is uncertain how much sample material is on board. Surface and subsurface material collection operations conducted with Hayabusa 2 touchdowns on Feb. 22 and July 11 of this year are intended to help scientists investigate the roles that carbon-rich asteroid impacts may have played in the distribution of water and organics, the building blocks of life, during the Solar ...

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