Detection of ice and organics on an asteroidal surface

@article{Rivkin2010DetectionOI,
  title={Detection of ice and organics on an asteroidal surface},
  author={A. Rivkin and J. Emery},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2010},
  volume={464},
  pages={1322-1323}
}
Recent observations, including the discovery in typical asteroidal orbits of objects with cometary characteristics (main-belt comets, or MBCs), have blurred the line between comets and asteroids, although so far neither ice nor organic material has been detected on the surface of an asteroid or directly proven to be an asteroidal constituent. Here we report the spectroscopic detection of water ice and organic material on the asteroid 24 Themis, a detection that has been independently confirmed… Expand

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