A small capsule from Japans Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully landed in a sparsely populated desert in the Australian Outback on Sunday.
After a preliminary inspection, it will be flown to Japan for research. The extremely high precision required to carry out the mission thrilled many in Japan, who said they took pride in its success.
The projects manager, Yuichi Tsuda of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, called the capsule a (asterisk)treasure box.(asterisk) The AP explains the significance of the project and what comes next.