Hayabusa2 capsule to be on display
NHK -- Feb 19
NHK has learned that a capsule used to bring back asteroid samples to Earth will be on display in March at a museum in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo.

The Hayabusa2 capsule returned to Earth in December from the asteroid Ryugu after collecting earth samples there. The samples collected in the capsule are being analyzed at a laboratory of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

The capsule, which traveled through space for a distance of around 5 billion kilometers, will be shown to the public for the first time at the Sagamihara City Museum for five days between March 12 and 16. The museum is located next to the JAXA facility.

Admission is free. As anti-infection measures amid the spread of the coronavirus, each visitor will be assigned to a 40-minute time frame and a maximum of 150 people will be allowed in at one time.

Advance booking is required. If there are too many applications, entrants will be chosen by lottery.

Museum officials say the exhibition could be canceled if the state of emergency currently in place for some areas, including Kanagawa, is extended.

- NHK

約52億キロの旅路をたどって帰還した小惑星探査機「はやぶさ2」のカプセルが来月、神奈川県相模原市の博物館で初めて一般公開されることになりました。  はやぶさ2のカプセルは、去年12月に地球に帰還しました。  カプセルからは小惑星「リュウグウ」で採取した黒い砂や小石が取り出され、現在、JAXA(宇宙航空研究開発機構)の研究施設で分析が進められています。  施設に隣接する相模原市立博物館で来月、帰還したカプセルの一般公開が行われることになりました。  相模原市によりますと、期間は来月12日から5日間の予定で、無料で見学できますが、事前の申し込みが必要だということです。  新型コロナウイルス対策として見学時間を40分ごとに区切り、一度に入れる人数を150人に制限します。  緊急事態宣言が延長された場合は、公開の中止も検討しているということです。 - ANNnewsCH

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