Astronaut Soichi Noguchi captured from ISS Woomera, Australia.

Credit: Soichi Noguchi, JAXA, NASA

Japanese sample return project Hayabusa2’s sample return capsule has landed in Woomera, Australia on Dec. 6, 2020. The craft returned not just asteroid surface material, but subsurface material as well, and will be met by Japanese scientists after completing its 6-year mission to the asteroid 162173 Ryugu. Hayabusa2 meanwhile used its remaining propellant to start an extended, 11 year astronomical mission. Woomera, officially Woomera Village, is a town located in the South Australia, 450km north of Adelaide. In common usage, “Woomera” also refers to the wider RAAF Woomera Range Complex (WRC), a large Australian Defence Force aerospace and systems testing range covering an area of approximately 122,000km2 operated by the Royal Australian Air Force.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

Reference: Soichi Noguchi’s Tweet
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