Water ice and organics on the surface of the asteroid 24 Themis

@article{Campins2010WaterIA,
  title={Water ice and organics on the surface of the asteroid 24 Themis},
  author={H. Campins and K. Hargrove and N. Pinilla-Alonso and E. Howell and M. Kelley and J. Licandro and T. Moth{\'e}-Diniz and Y. Fern{\'a}ndez and J. Ziffer},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2010},
  volume={464},
  pages={1320-1321}
}
It has been suggested that Earth’s current supply of water was delivered by asteroids, some time after the collision that produced the Moon (which would have vaporized any of the pre-existing water). So far, no measurements of water ice on asteroids have been made, but its presence has been inferred from the comet-like activity of several small asteroids, including two members of the Themis dynamical family. Here we report infrared spectra of the asteroid 24 Themis which show that ice and… Expand

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