Volume 89 Issue 35 | p. 7 | News of The Week
Issue Date: August 29, 2011

Asteroid Yields Its Secrets

Space Science: Rock particles show link with meteorites, solve weathering mysteries
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: asteroid, JAXA, Itokawa, Hayabusa, chondrites

New insights about how Earth and other planets formed to create our solar system are expected to follow from the first detailed analyses of particles snatched from the surface of an asteroid by a Japanese space mission. Chemical evidence is helping to confirm the link between asteroids and meteorites, space rocks that have fallen to Earth.

The Hayabusa mission, developed and managed by the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, in 2003 sent a spacecraft . . .

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