FP trendJuly 9, 2021 4:18:53 PM IST
That first sample of the asteroid Ryugu has recently arrived at the Johnson Space Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The sample is the first to be sent to NASA for further investigation, according to a NASA blog. These samples were collected by Hayabusa2, the spacecraft created by the Japanese aviation agency JAXA.
The scientists analyzing the asteroid Ryugu include Mike Zolensky, deputy head of the mineralogy-petrology sub-team for the initial analysis effort. He has analyzed the sample to determine its basic nature. Jangmi Han of the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Division also worked with Zolensky to study the Ryugu test. NASA̵
Science Times reports that the analysis yielded results in five days. NASA has conducted the analysis to determine if there is any evidence of a link between the composition of Ryugu and our planet. The results would give scientists insight into the formation of the solar system, the origin of the earth and its evolution.
An earlier study published over a month ago showed that the boulders on the asteroids have 70 percent empty space. Space.com reports that they have proven to be as porous as the ancient planetesimals. This suggests that these rocks may contain remnants of the solar system.
The samples from Ryugu’s surface were captured by Hayabusa2 in 2019. They were returned to Earth in December 2020.