NASA Finally Reveals Sample From 4.6 Billion Years Old Asteroid

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NASA Finally Reveals Sample From 4.6 Billion Years Old Asteroid
  • October 11, 2023
  • 2:30 PM CDT
  • Jeanine Bagley
sample collected by Osiris-Rex from Bennu asteroid

NASA has released images of a sample they collected from the Bennu asteroid.

The 510 meters big asteroid is believed to be around 4.6 billion-years-old, older than our solar system.

NASA Finally Reveals Sample From 4.6 Billion Years Old Asteroid

The sample which is under investigation in a special lab in Texas, landed on earth 17 days ago.

Sample from asteroid Bennu

Sample Rich in Carbon & Minerals

After careful assessment of the sample, scientists were able to confirm the presence of carbon and other minerals.

The Interesting thing about the study is that it’ll reveal new information to scientists about the initial days of our solar system.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx brought back around 250 grams of sample, which is enough to study, as per scientists. 

Sample To Help Solve Big Questions

To make things clear, the recent study is not any usual NASA investigation.

The investigators involved in the study are trying to solve big questions about humanity’s existence.

“We’re trying to find out who we are, what we are, where we came from”, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said.

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