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Space Telescope Detects Hydrated Minerals in Numerous Asteroids

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A Kobe University research team has detected the existence of water in a number of asteroids for the first time. Water is retained in the asteroids as hydrated minerals that were produced by chemical reactions occurring within the asteroid. By using a space-borne telescope, the team was able to successfully detect the presence of water in many asteroids. Courtesy of Kobe University. The spectroscopic survey was conducted using the infrared camera (IRC) on board the Japanese IR satellite AKARI, launched in February 2006. In the warm mission period of AKARI, observations were performed...Read full article

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