The Ryugu asteroid is rich in particles that could be the building blocks of life

The asteroid Ryugu is rich in organic molecules that could serve as the building blocks of life. The discovery was made when scientists got their first look at a sample collected from the asteroid by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft.

Ryugu’s sample contains many so-called “prebiotic organic substances” including several types of amino acids that organisms use to build proteins that are essential for regulating chemical reactions and forming structures such as hair and muscles. These particles can also be created by various non-living processes, such as chemical reactions that can occur in asteroids.

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