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Asteroids and bringing space rocks back to Earth

Professor of Planetary and Space Science, Simon Green, is interviewed by the Space Boffins about asteroids, space rocks, and the next international space missions that academics at The Open University are contributing towards.

Speaking about the next space missions, which will focus on collecting asteroid samples, Professor Green, said: “Only the most robust [asteroids]objects survive to the ground.

“It appears that the most primitive materials in the Solar System, those that date right back to its formation, will be very fragile.

“The properties of the meteorites we have, which tell us a great deal about the evolution of the Solar System, indicate that the missing bits are really the most exciting ones.

“[Scientists] choose the asteroid that has the most primitive materials.”

Listen to the podcast: Sampling An Asteroid



About Author

Christine works in the Media Relations team within the Communications Unit at The Open University. She is an experienced BBC journalist, sub-editor and news editor and has a background in regional newspapers. After moving to PR she worked as a press officer for the Zoological Society of London. She has a BSc in Social Sciences with Politics from The Open University and focuses on stories from the Faculty of Social Science and widening access in HE. Chris swims regularly and has a pet Tortoise called Lightning.

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