Samples from the Ryugu asteroid have revealed that extraterrestrial life may form in the coldest depths of space

The first sample of asteroid Ryugu received by NASA.

In 2020, the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2 visited the asteroid Ryugu and was able to bring precious samples of the space rock to Earth. To be sure, years later, we are still gaining insights into this small asteroid and the environment in which it formed thanks to those samples. Today, scientists released the latest findings from Ryugu – which suggest that some organic compounds called PAHs may be able to form in cold regions of… space.

These findings may help us better understand how planets and life eventually form.

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