Ancient Asteroid Contains Signs of Water
A closer inspection of the asteroid, Bennu, hints at the existence of water.
Experts from the NASA Osiris team reports of instrumental discoveries on the surface of the rock. The carbonaceous Bennu may be a fragment of a much larger parent body and had separated from its core about a billion years ago.
As the research continues, more samples are being collected by the spectrometer of the spacecraft, studying the chemical signature of minerals and the wavelength of light present. The detection of hydrated minerals suggests a presence of water.
The ancient asteroid, which originates from the Main asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars, may carry organic compounds that closely resemble the properties of early Earth.