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Hayabusa2 capsule to reenter atmosphere with ancient asteroid dust

Scientists await arrival of materials that could help explain origin of life

A rendering of the Hayabusa2. The capsule it sent to Earth holds specimens that include the world's first sub-surface asteroid sample. (Image courtesy of JAXA)

COOBER PEDY, Australia (Kyodo) -- A Japanese space probe dropped a capsule containing two samples from the 4.6-billion-year-old Ryugu asteroid above Earth on Saturday, as scientists await the arrival of materials that could help explain the origin of life.

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