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Japanese scientists say they have located the space capsule Hayabusa after a helicopter search over Woomera in north-west South Australia.
The capsule, which was launched back in 2003, successfully re-entered the earth's atmosphere overnight, creating a fireball across the desert sky.
Australia's first ever space landing ends a seven-year, five billion-kilometre journey to an ancient far-flung asteroid to collect the first ever asteroid material to be brought to Earth.