Japan’s Hayabusa2 capsule returns to Earth carrying asteroid samples
Released capsule entered atmosphere at 5.30pm GMT on Saturday before landing safely in South Australia
A capsule that contains samples from a distant asteroid, which was released 220,000km (137,500 miles) away from Earth by Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft earlier on Saturday, has landed safely in South Australia.
Hayabusa2 left the asteroid Ryugu, about 300m kilometers away, a year ago. After it released the capsule, it moved away from Earth to capture images of the capsule descending toward the planet as it set off on a new expedition to another distant asteroid.