Only a few weeks ago, the space probe OSIRIS-REx finally landed on the surface of asteroid Bennu. During its reconnaissance, a discovery has been made that has turned the entire scientific community on its head, namely that the space probe ran into water on the surface of the asteroid, which could confirm the theory that organisms necessary for life could form in space. For the time being, they want to continue studying Bennu, as the possibility of more organisms needed for life being found is plausible.
Could asteroid Bennu confirm that life was created in space?
The group of researchers presented the results obtained from the studies done on the steroid Bennu last December 10, showing a finding that left all present totally impressed and amazed by the range of options that opens before the eyes of the world.
They find water in the asteroid Bennu, life in space?
Data collected from both spectrometers of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft have revealed the presence of certain molecules that possess oxygen and hydrogen atoms combined, which are known as hydroxyl. According to the researchers, these hydroxyl groups are present in the asteroid thanks to certain clay minerals that possess water, which means that at some point, the rocky material had to interact directly with water. Where? This is the new task to be carried out.
Can there be life in a much larger asteroid?
Although Bennu is too small to transport liquid water as such, the finding indicates that at some point there must have been liquid water in the body of the object from which it comes; an asteroid of much larger wingspan.
This is a discovery that can offer a union of vital importance in what is believed to have happened in space with asteroids like Benny and what we can observe in meteorites that are in the laboratories being studied.
This could confirm the hypothesis that mentions the possibility that life inside the Earth could come from other planets. According to calculations made by specialists, the flow of space material, such as dust or meteorites from asteroids falling on the planet, is at least 105 kilograms per day at a speed of 10 to 70 kilometers per second, which would be enough to propel, in the highest areas of the atmosphere, some living organisms or organic material necessary for life.