Ryugu sample of asteroid, currently on Earth, reveals inner workings of space rock

Pieces of rock from asteroid Ryugu hit Earth in 2020. Now, scientists are studying samples that are revealing the asteroid’s true nature.

Ryugu is a near-Earth asteroid that Japan visited with Hayabusa2 spaceship. The spacecraft launched in 2014, reached the space rock in 2018 and in December 2020 dropped a capsule carrying 0.2 ounces (5.4 grams) of the asteroid’s material to Earth. This has given scientists the ability to study the recent asteroid on our home planet with full technology.

https://www.space.com/jaxa-asteroid-ryugu-hayabusa2-sample-study Ryugu sample of asteroid, currently on Earth, reveals inner workings of space rock

James Brien

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