JAXA Unveils Scorched Capsule Sent Back Earth from ISS

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Tsukuba, Ibaraki Pref., Nov. 27 (Jiji Press)--The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, unveiled on Tuesday a compact recovery capsule that brought back experiment samples from the International Space Station earlier this month.

"Everything went smoothly as planned," Kota Tanabe, a JAXA official in charge of developing the capsule, told a press conference at the government-affiliated agency's Tsukuba Space Center in Ibaraki Prefecture, eastern Japan, highlighting the success of the project to retrieve the samples using the capsule.

"I'd like to give over 100 points" for the project, he added.

The cone-shaped capsule has a maximum diameter of 84 centimeters and stands some 66 centimeters tall.

The base of the capsule, which protected its content from the heat of nearly 2,000 degrees Celsius when it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere, is scorched and gives off a smell similar to melted resin.

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