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Mind-Blowing Photos Of Asteroid Pieces Retrieved From Ryugu Includes “Artificial” Object

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The best present this holiday season came in a small package, parachuted into the Australian desert from far within our Solar System on 5 December 2020. Inside, astronomers were delighted to unwrap the first significant samples of a rocky asteroid which is currently 9 million kilometres (5.6 million miles) away, and returned to Earth in “perfect” shape. Photographs of the pristine pebbles have finally been released, and while the tiny, black-coloured grains inside may resemble nothing more than dirty coal, this galactic gift is hardly a rebuke. Still, not all the material collected in these containers is quite so primordial. One of the capsules does contain an obvious anachronism dubbed “Artificial”… (READ MORE)

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