Friday, August 26, 2011

Dust To Dust

Asteroid Dust Confirms Meteorite Origins

Japanese scientists have confirmed that most meteorite fragments that land on earth are from a very specific type of asteroid, called and S-type Asteroid. The Japanese mission Hayabusa was sent to the asteroid Itokawa and has returned with samples of dust from the surface. After analysis, the dust was confirmed to have the same characteristic signatures as meteorites collected on earth, thus confirming what scientists had long believed but had never been able to prove.

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