Water Found On Surface Of An Asteroid

Pablo Tucker
May 4, 2019

Arizona State University recently found water in fragments of an asteroid known as Itokawa. "Hayabusa touched down twice on the asteroid and collected a small amount of dust, despite the failure of the mechanism designed for the goal".

Researchers discovered pyroxene in two of the five rock samples. "That makes these asteroids excessive-precedence targets for exploration", researcher Maitrayee Bose advised CNN, going to on argue that scientists ought to continue gathering samples from house rocks in a bid to higher perceive the place they got here from and the way they fashioned. The results appear in the journal Science Advances.

After 10 years, an asteroid called Apophis, with a diameter of 340 meters, will approach 31,000 kilometers from Earth, Sabah reported.


Tuesday's session on Apophis engaged scientists to discuss everything from how to observe the event, to possible hypothetical missions NASA and other space agencies could send out to the asteroid.

One notably attention-grabbing notice is that the 1,100-foot-large asteroid will cross so near Earth that it'll be seen without the necessity for a telescope. According to Maitrayee Bose, one of the authors of the discovery, "S-type asteroids are one of the most common objects in the asteroid belt". More research is needed, but the good news is that the Hayabusa 2 probe managed to extract new samples from another asteroid. The researchers suspected that the Itokawa particles might also have traces of water, but they wanted to know exactly how much. These types of asteroids are located in the inside neighborhood of the Solar System and are made of nickel-iron and silicate materials, prior thought to contain no water of any kind. Johnson said that FEMA and NASA will be continuing to work together in conducting frequent exercises and this in turn helps them to work side by side and learn to meet their objectives and needs that has been given in the White House National NEO Preparedness action plan. These minerals are additionally like those found on Earth.

Early in Earth's history, asteroids like Itokawa crashed into the planet, adding to its mass.


"Pattern-return missions are obligatory if we actually need to do an in-depth examination of planetary objects", Bose informed CNN.

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine also emphasized how important it was to prepare for potential asteroid strikes: "We have to make sure that people understand that this is not about Hollywood, it's not about movies", Bridenstine said at the conference.


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