Head of Japanese and Australian space agencies signed an agreement stating that the landing capsule of the interplanetary station “Hayabusa-2”, which contains soil samples from the asteroid, the Ryuga, to be held on 6 December 2020 at the polygon Woomera in Australia. After the capsule is found, it will be taken from Australia to Japan, where he will reveal, reported on the website of JAXA.
Automatic interplanetary station “Hayabusa-2” was launched into space in 2014 and after 3.5 years came to its goal of near-earth asteroid (162173) Ryugu. The research program lasted a year and a half, during which time the unit mapped the asteroid, took samples of the substance from its surface and inner layers, landed in Ryuga two probe MINERVA-II-1, module MINERVA-II2, and a major lander MASCOT (Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout), collected valuable scientific data. In November 2019, the station left the orbit of an asteroid headed towards Earth.
The place of landing sealed capsule with soil samples that the station has to dump into the Earth’s atmosphere, must become the test range Woomera, located in the Central part of the state of South Australia. In 2010 there successfully landed the capsule with the soil of the asteroid Itokawa, collected by the station “Hayabusa-1”. Negotiations between the government of Australia and the mission team began in November 2018 December 2018, the landfill was found suitable for carrying out search works and the installation of antenna stations.
July 14, 2020, the head of the Japanese aerospace exploration Agency Yamakawa of Hiroshi (Hiroshi Yamakawa) and the head of the Australian space Agency Megan Clark (Megan Clark) have signed an agreement stating that the landing capsule “Hayabusa-2” will take place on 6 December 2020 at the polygon Woomera. Currently, agencies are working together on drawing up a detailed plan for further search and delivery of capsules from Australia to Japan, where it will open. In addition, the Australian government is soon to issue a permit for the return of overseas launched space object (AROLSO), which must be approved in accordance with the law on space activities of 1998.
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