Asteroid Ryugu and the Theory of Panspermia
- A team of researchers has made a groundbreaking discovery that could lend further support to the theory of panspermia, which suggests that life on Earth may have originated from outer space. The researchers have found building blocks of RNA in just 10 milligrams of materials from the asteroid Ryugu.
- Ryugu is a C-type asteroid, meaning it contains a high amount of carbon. This makes it a prime candidate for research into the origins of life, as carbon is a fundamental building block of life as we know it. The asteroid was visited by the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2, which collected samples from the asteroid’s surface and returned them to Earth for analysis.
- The team of researchers analyzed the Ryugu samples using state-of-the-art analytical techniques. They found that the samples contained adenine and guanine, which are two of the four building blocks of RNA. RNA, or ribonucleic acid, is a molecule that plays a crucial role in the transfer of genetic information within cells.
- The discovery of adenine and guanine in the Ryugu samples is significant, as it suggests that these building blocks of RNA may have been delivered to Earth by asteroids or comets. This could support the theory of panspermia, which suggests that life on Earth may have originated from microorganisms or other forms of life that were carried to our planet on asteroids or comets.
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Published date : 25 Mar 2023 05:04PM