Press Release


Asteroid Explorer HAYABUSA (MUSES-C)
on the Schedule of Opening the Sample Container

June 24, 2010 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

We announce that we will start opening the sample container of HAYABUSA on June 24, 2010 (Japan Standard Time) in the curation center (*1) at the JAXA Sagamihara Campus. It will take about one week to finish opening the sample container (*2).

Reentry Capsule of HAYABUSA

(*1) Curation Center : the facility that accepts samples and provides treatment and storage of the samples.
(*2) Sample container : A box inside the capsule where the samples are stored.

The curation operations are being carried out in cooperation with NASA.