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Asteroid Ryugu may be a remnant of an extinct comet

Observations from Japan’s Hayabusa2 mission have astronomers questioning the true origin of the  near-Earth asteroid Ryugu. 

The Hayabusa2 mission launched in 2014, arrived at Ryugu in 2018 and returned samples of asteroid material to Earth in 2020. In addition to collecting these samples, the mission gathered important data about the cosmic body remotely. While the rock samples are still being studied, the remote observations revealed three important features about Ryugu: its composition, shape and possible origin, according to a statement from Nagoya City University in Japan. 

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