A Salty ‘Peanut’ Asteroid Could Reveal Where Earth Got Its Water

The infamous “space peanut” is aptly salty: Tiny salt crystals have been found on peanut-shaped asteroids, suggesting that the solar system’s largest space rock may be more water-rich than astronomers thought.

Sodium chloride crystals, which can only form in the presence of water, were found in samples from the asteroid Itokawa returned to Earth by Japan. Hayabusa mission in 2010.

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