A member of the research team explaining the analysis of the asteroid Ryugu stone = 20th morning, Hyogo Prefecture's large-scale radiation facility

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A member of the research team explaining the analysis of the asteroid Ryugu stone = 20th morning, Hyogo Prefecture’s large-scale radiation facility “Spring 8”

On the 20th, research teams such as the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology began to analyze the stones of the asteroid Ryugu brought back by the spacecraft Hayabusa2 of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Create a stereoscopic image by shooting from various directions using X-rays at the large radiation facility “Spring 8” in Sayo-cho, Hyogo Prefecture. In addition to the distribution of minerals, the internal structure such as the presence or absence of water and organic matter will be elucidated.

The stone hides a hint of what material the solar system was made of 4.6 billion years ago and what it is today. If water and organic matter with similar characteristics to those of the earth are found, it is expected that discussions will proceed that the materials of the sea and living things may have been brought about by asteroids that came to the earth in ancient times.