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Ancient Meteorites That Crashed to Earth Carried Ingredients For Life, Including Water And Organic Compounds
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Tiny salt crystals encased in rock that fell to Earth from ancient alien worlds contain organic compounds and water vital to life, finds a new analysis that suggests how space rocks plummeting to Earth could have seeded life. The paper, published in the journal Science Advances, scrutinized the "early solar system fluids" trapped within two space rocks' salt crystals. "It's like a fly in amber," David Kilcoyne, a scientist at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source, a Department of Energy facility that took part in the research, said in a press release. The two meteorites the scientists analyzed, which were both discovered in 1998, are called Zag and Monahans. read more
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