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New insights into water in asteroids

When thinking about water in the Solar System, most picture Earth's oceans, or distant icy moons.  However, we now have further evidence that liquid water was present on asteroids in the early Solar System!

A recent paper co-authored by Center Assistant Director Dr. Devin Schrader, in collaboration with Dr. Christine Jilly-Rehak (University of California Berkeley), Dr. Gary Huss and Dr. Kazu Nagashima (both University of Hawai‘i at Manoa), determined that water evolved on an asteroid in the early Solar System during aqueous alteration, and that the temperature of the fluid was between 55 and 88 degrees Celsius.

Read the paper (which can be downloaded free of charge until Dec. 30, 2017) here!

For more information on this research, click here!