THE MIND OF THE PEOPLE – Spaceship Japan collected a series of specks of dust from an asteroid that is about 300 million km from Earth. From these grains a component considered surprising was obtained, that is a drop of air.
This discovery shows new support for a theory from which life on Earth may have originated space.
The results are the latest published research from an analysis of 5.4 grams of rock and dust collected by the Hayabusa-2 spacecraft. Japan from the asteroid Ryugu.
“Drip air this has great significance, “said Tomoki Nakamura, lead researcher at Tohoku University, on Friday, September 23, 2022.
“However, we actually found it air on Ryugu, a near-Earth asteroid, for the first time, “he said.
Hayabusa-2 was launched in 2014 to fly to Ryugu and returned to Earth orbit in 2020 to drop a capsule containing a sample.