A CAPSULE containing dust from the Solar System’s most dangerous asteroid has landed on Earth after travelling in space for seven years.
The sample carries precious material of the Bennu asteroid and Nasa thinks it could unlock the truth of our existence.
Bennu is said to be the most dangerous rock in the Solar System as -despite the slim chances – its path gives it the highest probability of impacting Earth of any known asteroid.
The space agency confirmed the capsule landed safely at the Utah Test and Training Range shortly before 4pm UK time.
The successful landing was met with a round of applause by Nasa scientists from the control room.
“This marks the US’s first sample return mission of its kind and will open a time capsule to the beginnings of our solar system,”Nasa said.
Experts are now trying to carefully recover the “dangerous” asteroid capsule as it could still be extremely hot and containing toxic gases.
Gas readings and samples of both the air and ground around the capsule continue to be taken, the BBC reports.
A parachute which helped to slow its descent disconnected but has been spotted near the landing site.
Scientists estimate the probe has 250g of dust onboard, which will be analysed by researchers around the world.