(ORDO NEWS) — Japanese scientists have concluded that the celestial body from which the asteroid Ryugu broke off contained water, NHK reports.
According to a Japanese news channel, soil samples from the cosmic body were sent to eight research centers located in different parts of Japan.
On the eve of two of them – Okayama University and the Japan Aerospace Agency (JAXA) – published the results of research.
As a result of high-precision chemical analysis, Japanese scientists were able to detect on the surface of space soil a large content of minerals obtained by reaction with water.
Thus, researchers from Japan came to the conclusion that the celestial body from which the asteroid broke off contained water.
In addition, scientists from Okayama University emphasized that the cracks, which occupy about 40 percent of the soil, are also a sign that the celestial body previously contained a large amount of water and ice.
Earlier it was reported that in Japan, experts opened the capsule of the Hayabusa-2 probe, which studied the asteroid Ryugu.
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