TOPICSImages of the samples from Ryugu

Images taken after opening the sample container and sample catcher

【Photo】Opening the sample container
Observing the bottom of the sample container from above. Black-colored grains from Ryugu can be seen at the bottom of the sample container, which is outside the chambers in the sample catcher.
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【Photo】Inside the sample container captured by a scope camera
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【Photo】Samples confirmed in sample catcher chamber A : Part1
The lid of chamber A in the sample catcher was opened on December 15, 2020 at around 11:10 JST, and we could confirm a sample had been collected inside. This is material gathered during the first touchdown of Hayabusa2.
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【Photo】Samples confirmed in sample catcher chamber A : Part2
Close-up of the samples in chamber A, color-corrected to allow for the orange ambient light in the curation facility.
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【Photo】The opened sample catcher chamber A
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【Photo】Sample catcher chamber A, captured by an optical microscope
Many particles larger than 1mm were found in both chambers A and C. It appears that the particles in chamber C are typically bigger than those in chamber A. Chamber C material was gathered during the second touchdown, which is expected to contain subsurface material ejected from the creation of the artificial crater.
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【Photo】Sample catcher chamber C, captured by an optical microscope
Artificial material seems to be present in chamber C. The origin is under investigation, but a probable source is aluminium scraped off the spacecraft sampler horn as the projectile was fired to stir up material during touchdown.
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Hayabusa2 Project
2020.12.28