The capsule, carrying the US space agency's first samples from an asteroid, has landed safely in Utah in the Midwestern United States.

This ended her seven-year journey into space.

Flying past Earth, the Osiris-Rex spacecraft released the capsule 100,18 kilometers from our planet. The capsule was then parachuted into a desert in Utah four hours later shortly before <> p.m. local time, as planned.

NASA expects to get matter from the carbon-rich asteroid known as Bennu. The samples, which weigh about 250 grams, are thought to contain remaining building blocks from the Solar System's emergence and will help scientists better understand how Earth and life on it formed.

After releasing the sample capsule, the Osiris-Rex spacecraft headed for another asteroid. This new meeting will not take place until 2029.

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