The asteroid, similar to Earth

October 29, 2011 15:27

The study of asteroid 21 Lutetsiya (21 Lutetia) showed that it has a molten hot core, which retains evidence of the early days of the solar system, according to Space.com. A more detailed examination may reveal the secrets of magnetic unusual meteorites that fell to Earth.

Asteroid Lutetia is located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Space probe "Rosetta» (Rosetta) of the European Space Agency (ESA) flew by Lutetia in 2010, and has collected detailed information about this asteroid

Lu measurement showed that it is much denser than usual for asteroids. In this case, the surface is porous, so the increased density of the asteroid can be explained only by an unusually dense core. Scientists suggest that it may be made from molten metal, as well as the planets like Earth. If so, scientists say, could be an example of Lutetia asteroid at the beginning of the solar system started to become a planet, but it did not become her.

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