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Inspecting an asteroid that hit Earth

Body looked like a loaf of bread, contained amino acids and may have been blasted off a larger object

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6:17pm, October 5, 2009

FAJARDO, Puerto Rico — Planetary scientists have reported a slew of new findings about the first asteroid ever spotted before pieces of it fell to Earth. The space rock contained a number of amino acids, had a flattened shape and appears to have been blasted off the surface of a larger body, researchers reported October 5 at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences. 

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