Japan: Center on Extraterrestrial Matter Research

The new Japanese research center will try to detect the origin of life by studying Martian sand, ice and asteroid samples.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is creating a new research facility that will focus on studying extraterrestrial substances, local 47News reported.

Scientists will explore the samples of the asteroid Itokawa delivered to the Earth by the unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa in 2010, and also rocks from the asteroid 1993 JU3.

It is as well expected that the research body will examine the samples of ice and sand from Mars that will be brought to the Earth in early 2020s.

The ultimate purpose of the new research center's team (10 scientists) is to try to find out how the Universe and life on the Earth emerged.

The new center will be opened on July 1 in Kanagawa Prefecture.