Japan Becomes World’s First Country to Have Asteroid Dust!
November 16, 2010 Leave a comment
It may not be exciting to the average Joe, but it has scientists jumping for joy.
Following the Hayabusa probe’s 7 year mission into deep space (and its fair share of difficulties), Japan has become the world’s first country to have unadulterated asteroid dust.
According to scientists, the asteroid dust holds valuable information about the formation of the universe 4.6 billion years ago.
It’s worth noting that Japan’s Hayabusa probe became the first spacecraft to land on something extraterrestrial outside of the Moon and return to Earth safely – a world first.
Congratulations to Japan, especially to JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency). Though it will probably take months, if not years of research, I’ll be looking forward to the day they release their findings.