In December of 2020 an unmanned landing capsule carried rocks from Ryugu, an asteroid, into Earth material from the very beginning of our solar system.
The Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa 2 collected the samples. Geoscientists have found areas where there is a large accumulation of rare earth, as well as unexpected patterns.
Japan has chosen Ryugu (English: Dragon's Palace) as the location for the probe due to the fact that it's an asteroid that, because of its high carbon content, is expected to provide a wealth of information regarding the origins of life within our solar system.
The studies conducted on 16 particles conducted by researchers along with researchers in Frankfurt have shown that Ryugu is made of CI type material.
In some areas of the samples that contain Apatite hydroxylated by Frank Brenker's team, they also detected rare earth metals, an elemental group that is essential to glassware and alloys for high-tech applications, and many more.
The rare earths are found in the hydroxyapatite of this Asteroid at concentrations 100 times higher than any other place throughout the solar system." Brenker says. Brenker.
This similar spread of earths with rare elements is an additional indication that Ryugu is an extremely pure asteroid that marks the beginnings of the solar system.
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