EXPERTS have discovered the essential ingredients needed to support life on a rock 200 million miles away, giving the biggest clue yet that we may not be alone.
The Japanese space agency made the huge discovery after stealing soil samples from an asteroid called Ryugu.
The rocky dirt hid more than 20 different amino acids, which are the building blocks of life.
This is particularly significant because it is the first time they have been found anywhere outside of Earth.
The only other time scientists have found anything like this is from meteorites that have fallen down.
It’s all part of a grand mission to finally uncover the truth about the origins of the universe and life on earth as we know it.
The breakthrough could mean that different amino acids also exist on other objects in space.
Japan chose the Ryugu asteroid because it is believed to be rich in material that formed 4.6 billion years ago when our solar system formed.
Much of this is not found here on Earth, Nikkei reports.
The amino acids are considered a great sign because they are the substances that make up proteins that living things produce.
Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) sent a probe called Hayabusa2 to the asteroid in December 2014.
It studied the 1,500-foot (435 m) rock for about a year and a half before picking up pieces and blasting them back to Earth for experts to examine.
More secrets to come
Scientists eagerly received the samples in December 2020 and have only now revealed extensive details about their findings.
Given its success, Hayabusa2’s mission has now been extended to 2031 and will visit other asteroids in hopes of uncovering more mysteries about our universe.
NASA also wants to take part in the campaign with a mission similar to that of the asteroid Bennu.
Its OSIRIS-REx probe has already collected samples and is expected to return to Earth with them sometime next year.
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