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Asteroids – The New ‘It Mission’ for Space Exploration

February 1, 2012 Leave a comment

The Japanese are heading back into space on a second attempt to collect samples from a nearby asteroid.

The asteroid selected, 1999 JU3 is a perfect specimen, said Humberto Campins, a University of Central Florida professor and international expert on asteroids and comets.

“Based on our analysis, it should be rich in primitive materials, specifically organic molecules and hydrated minerals from the early days of our solar system,” Campins said. “If successful it could give us clues about the birth of water and life in our world.”

Full Story: http://today.ucf.edu/asteroids-the-new-it-mission-for-space-exploration/