A cold, bleak chunk of rock
moving aimlessly through the universe in the void of space has been found to contain the very building blocks of life.
The asteroid, known as
Ryugu, was the target of Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft.it was able to capture samples from and return them to Earth.
Now, the Japanese ministry
of education has shared the findings from those samples, and noted that they contain the key to creating life.
The experts say
the samples are the ‘most primitive material in the solar system we have ever studied.’
That’s because Ryugu itself
is believed to be a carbon-rich fragment of an even bigger asteroid that could have formed from the dust and gas that was right there at the beginning of the solar system.
team has identified more
than 20 types of amino acids which are the starting point for the proteins that living organisms produce