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Pristine asteroid Ryugu contains amino acids that are building blocks of life

Samples from asteroid Ryugu are the most pristine pieces of our solar system ever studied and contain amino acids that could have given rise to life on Earth. 

Scientists studying the samples, brought to Earth in December 2020 by Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission, released results of a lengthy chemical analysis at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 2022, which takes place in Texas and virtually this week. The samples, collected from the surface and subsurface of asteroid Ruygu in 2018 and 2019, reveal what the near-Earth asteroid is made of, providing insights into the earliest days of the formation of our solar system

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