Chance of alien life after scientists find water in meteorites
In 1998, two meteorites smashed into the earth, with one landing near a basketball court in Texas and the second crashing into Morocco.
Now 20 years later, it is believed that they contained chemical components.
The meteorites are filled with both liquid water and a mix of complex organic compounds, including hydrocarbons and amino acids it is believed.
A study released on January 10 by the journal Science Advances, showed the first chemical study of organic matter and water in salt crystals found in meteorites on the Earth.
David Kilcoyne, a scientist at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source said: “It’s like a fly in amber.”
Despite the fact that the discovery does not prove that there is life beyond Earth, the scientist revealed that the meteorites “encapsulation of rich chemistry” may be equated to the preservation of “prehistoric insects in solidified sap droplets.”
Queenie Chan, a planetary scientist, who was the study’s lead author said: “This is really the first time we have found abundant organic matter also associated with liquid water that is really crucial to the origin of life and the origin of complex organic compounds in space.”
“We’re looking at the organic ingredients that can lead to the origin of life.”
Dr Chan believes that the meteorites may have crossed paths because of their similarities in their materials, which imply different suggestions as to how organic matter may be “passed” from one asteroid to another in space.