Tokyo: A museum in Japanese city of
Sagamihara will display a capsule released from the Hayabusa
unmanned space probe which landed after a seven-year round
trip to an asteroid to the public on July 30-31 for the first
The small capsule will be displayed at the Sagamihara
City Museum in Kanagawa Prefecture from 9:30 am to 5 pm daily,
while the adjacent campus of the Japan Aerospace Exploration
Agency will be opened to the public.
The capsule was recovered last month in the desert in
Southern Australia on June 13 after being released from the
JAXA probe that burned up on reentry into the atmosphere
following the trip to the asteroid Itokawa about 300 million
kilometres from Earth.
JAXA has found particles inside the capsule and is
checking whether they are from the asteroid.