February 22, 2024

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“What is this stuff?”: The potentially dangerous asteroid Bennu is baffling scientists with its strange composition

“What is this stuff?”: The potentially dangerous asteroid Bennu is baffling scientists with its strange composition

NASA is tasked with finding clues about the origins of life on Earth Osiris Rex The spacecraft picked up pieces of a solid, debris-packed asteroid called Bennu in late 2020 and delivered them them to the ground About two months ago. On Monday (December 11), scientists got the first detailed description of some of that extraterrestrial group.

“We certainly have moist, organic-rich remnants from the early solar system, which is exactly what we hoped for when we first envisioned this mission nearly 20 years ago.” Dante LaurettaThe mission’s principal investigator said at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference being held this week in California and online. “I fully expect that the cosmochemistry community will go to town on this.”