A small sample, equivalent to the size of a teaspoon, from an asteroid that is 4.5 billion years old may hold the answers to understanding the beginnings of life on our planet.
Scientists at the Natural History Museum (NHM) are currently examining a dark, dust-like sample from the asteroid Bennu.
Experts believe that it could provide valuable insights into the creation of planets and our solar system.
According to Professor Sara Russell, a senior research lead at the NHM, the object may also contain minerals that have the ability to trap large amounts of water. This could potentially provide insight into how Earth became a habitable planet with abundant water.