September 23, 2022

Team identifies parent body materials in Ryugu asteroid

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2022-09-23 14:30:09

September 23, 2022

by Anne M Stark, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

An international team including a researcher from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has determined that one specific particle on the asteroid Ryugu can shed light on the unaltered initial materials from its parent body.

In December 2014, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency launched the spacecraft Hayabusa2 to the asteroid 162173 Ryugu. In December 2020, the sample-return capsule successfully landed safely back on Earth with pristine pieces of Ryugu that it had collected.

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