Itokawa sample return successful!

It’s official: in a press release today, JAXA announced that some 1,500 dust grains scraped from the interior of Hayabusa’s clean-looking sample return capsule are not of terrestrial origin so must be from Itokawa. Here is my interpretation of what the Google translation of the release means (so take the following with a grain of salt):Particles were collected from within the sample catcher chamber by a specially shaped spatula. Using a SEM ….


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