Neighboring Bennu Asteroid Shows Signs Of Water

Neighboring Bennu Asteroid Shows Signs Of Water

NASA is currently on a mission to explore the entire universe in the upcoming decades. OSIRIS-REx spacecraft of NASA has revealed the presence of ingredients for water on a fairly nearby skyscraper-dimensioned asteroid, which is a rocky acorn-shaped entity holding clues to the origins of life on Earth.

The OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft had flown 12 Miles last week to the asteroid Bennu, which is 1.4 million miles from Earth. The rover could discover traces of hydrogen and oxygen molecules that together form water and is considered to be possibly the source for life growing in the asteroid’s rocky surface. The probe had been launched in 2016 with a hope that it will return with samples from the asteroid to Earth after the mission completion. Bennu generally orbits the sun and the Earth with the same distance of about 500 Meters.  It is, however, predicted that the Bennu may have a massive impact on the Earth during the end of the 22nd century. According to Planetary Scientist Dante Lauretta from the University of Arizona, the water-rich minerals sample obtained from the early solar system is what the current researchers are eager to find currently and bring it back to Earth.

The planetary scientists have confirmed that the asteroids are nothing but the residual debris of the solar system’s formation, which is expected to have happened around 4.5 Billion years ago. The scientists hold the comets and asteroids that had earlier crashed into the Earth as the source of organic matter and water that later transformed into life on the planet. Right now the most vital part is to carry out the atomic-level analysis of samples obtained from Bennu so as to back the current hypothesis. The samples arrival in 2023 on Earth will be a time to celebrate as the information regarding the solar system’s evolution and history can be unwrapped. The carbon-enriched asteroids are being targeted so as to understand the source of life on Earth. NASA had recently also discovered a pile of organic matter on a Ceres, dwarf planet, in our solar system. It is planning on scrutinizing the samples in the next few months for valid answers.

Melissa Weissinger

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