Asteroid Rich in Water and Carbon


NASA scientists have discovered a new type of large, dark asteroids located in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, which are rich in water and carbon, two essential elements for life on Earth.

The asteroid group has similarities to Ceres and experts believe that the massive gravity of giant planets in the primitive solar system changed their travel plans, bringing them to their present location. This research adds to the mounting evidence that asteroids in the main belt migrated from a cold nether region, likely beyond the orbit of Neptune or Pluto, possibly bringing water and organics to the solar system.

The discovery could help experts understand the origin and evolution of the solar system.

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