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Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa2 Initial Analysis: Soluble Organic Matter (SOM) Team reveals organic molecule compositions in samples of asteroid Ryugu

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is conducting the first analysis of the sample returned from asteroid Ryugu by the Hayabusa2 mission with the Hayabusa2 Initial Analysis Team, comprising of six sub-teams and two Phase-2 curation institutes. Results from the Initial Analysis Team’s “Soluble Organic Matter (SOM) Team” have been published in the American scientific Journal “Science”, on February 24, 2023 (JST).

Paper Title: Soluble organic molecules in samples of the carbonaceous asteroid (162173) Ryugu
Journal: Science

Please refer to the press release on JAXA website for an outline.