Ryugu asteroid sample return provides a natural laboratory for primordial chemical evolutionOPEN ACCESS 

Yasuhiro Oba, Yoshinori Takano, Jason P. Dworkin & Hiroshi Naraoka

Nature Communications, Volume 14, Article number: 3107
Comment, published: 30 May 2023


“The samples returned from near-Earth asteroid (162173) Ryugu provide a pristine record of the 4.6 billion years since the birth of the Solar System. The Hayabusa2 initial analysis team has integrated a range of analytical techniques to investigate Ryugu’s organic chemistry. Here, we highlight their latest findings, the potential questions which may be answered, and provide an overview of new prospects in the decade to come.”