Wednesday , November 25 2020

Asteroid water samples could help to understand the origin of precious minerals



Surface photograph of Ryugu on October 15, 2018. Photo by AXA, Tokyo University, University of Kochi, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, University of Meiji, Aizu University, AIST.

Scientists at the Japan Aerospace Agency or JAXA said this week that Hayabusa2 spacecraft touches the Ryugu asteroid and begins to collect samples of the dust in its face.

The idea is to analyze such samples and get one step closer to understanding the Earth's origin and precious minerals. According to the agency, asteroids are considered one of the candidates that brought water to a planet, and they keep them as hydrated minerals.

In the case of Ryugu, it is also expected to maintain some kind of organic material. Therefore, it could provide clues for the advent of life in our solar system.

The promotion of exchange in the control room of the Japan Aerospace Inspection Agency. Picture by JAXA.

To collect & dust, the bullet space bullet subscribed 5g to the asteroid surface over 650mph. Using a long flashing horn located in its subgroup and known as the Horn Sampler, the device stores the stored samples that will add up to 10g of pulses removed out.

Hayabusa2 will try two other blows to collect samples later this year. One of the efforts involves using a larger missile to open a larger hole and to collect a matter below.

Ripling on the surface of Ryugu is considered a huge success, as the previous trips were not able to do so. "Our original timetable had planned for a touchdown last October last year (2018). However, Ryugu was revealed as a cliff overlap landscape that spread across the entire surface, without any flat or open regions. Before reaching Ryugu , it was assumed that flat areas would be about 100 meters in size, but far from finding this, we have not even seen 30 meter flat aircraft, "JAXA experts have posted on the agency's website .

It is expected that the craft be back on Earth, with samples, in 2020.

According to Vox Markets, the successful sampling could be the first step towards asteroid mining of resources NASA has estimated its value – the site says – around £ 522 in a quarter.


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