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'Ingredients for life' found in meteorites

By T.K. Randall
January 15, 2018 · Comment icon 10 comments



The ingredients for life may be common throughout the solar system. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Scientists have found new evidence to suggest that life could have arisen elsewhere in the solar system.
Two 4.5-billion-year-old meteorites which crashed to Earth on opposite sides of the planet in 1998 have been found to contain many of the ingredients necessary for life, according to a new study.

It is believed that the two space rocks, which contain water, hydrocarbons, amino acids and organic compounds, may have originated in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
There is also evidence to suggest that some of the organic matter may have come from Ceres - a dwarf planet that scientists believe could be home to a subterranean ocean of liquid water.

"Our coordinated organic analysis of the salt crystals suggest that the organic matter originated from a water-rich, or previously water-rich parent body," said study author Queenie Chan.

"Our finding that the meteorites contain a wide diversity of organic compounds is exciting, but what made me jump up and down was that we were able to investigate the soluble - such as amino acids, the building blocks of life - and insoluble organic compounds contained within the tiny salt crystals."

Source: Inquisitr.com | Comments (10)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by paperdyer 5 years ago
Exciting find! Aliens are very likely to be out there!   Still make we wonder if every X# of millions of years there's a new big bang to shuffle the cards to see what comes out next.  I still say we're someone's science experiment.
Comment icon #2 Posted by papageorge1 5 years ago
'Ingredients for life' found in meteorites   Hard for me to get excited about this when I believe aliens are already here.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Grandpa Greenman 5 years ago
Kind of hints at a life filled universe.  
Comment icon #4 Posted by quiXilver 5 years ago
I've always kinda thought, if we are the only ball of life in this universe... what a waste of space.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Awhis 5 years ago
All the particles that we consist of came from space. Its kind of ignorant to think were the only life.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 5 years ago
Not at all. Whilst I personally believe that life is likely through out the universe there are scientists that believe in the "Rare Earth Hypothesis". They put forward some very persuasive and logical arguments that, advanced life at least, is extremely rare. It is ignorant to dismiss opposing views when there is no evidence to support either.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Hankenhunter 5 years ago
It's kinda mind boggling to think that there are bits of me that are billions of years old. Hank
Comment icon #8 Posted by quiXilver 5 years ago
And that we all, ALL come from a supernova, perhaps even more than one.   Mind boggling and humbling in one awesome go.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Hankenhunter 5 years ago
Next time my wife asks me how she looks, I'm going to to tell her she doesn't look a day over 6,000,000,000 years old. Might as well start working on a dog house while I'm at it. Lol
Comment icon #10 Posted by quiXilver 5 years ago
 i bet you run fast and sleep light mate.   Thanks for the belly laugh!


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