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Possible evidence of life on meteorite

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posted on Jun, 13 2011 @ 02:33 PM
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The meteorite that broke up over Canada in 2000 contains widely varying organic compounds, a sign that chemical reactions where taking place aboard the body in space


Amino acids, sugars and other organic molecules. That is what was found on this rock hurtling through space.


Meteorites reveal startling assortments of such prebiotic compounds. So it's possible that asteroids and comets delivered the ingredients for life billions of years ago. And a new study shows that asteroids weren't just passive couriers of organic material.



Researchers analyzed four fragments of the Tagish Lake meteorite, which broke apart over northwest Canada in 2000. They found a rich assortment of organic compounds, as well as great variation among the specimens. One piece of the meteorite had more than 100 times the amount of amino acids as another piece.


This is great news; it gives extra weight to the panspermia idea of how life arose on this planet. Panspermia is the hypothesis that life exists throughout the universe, distributed by meteoroids, asteroids and planetoids.

Fragments of Single Meteorite Show Different Chemistry

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posted on Jun, 13 2011 @ 02:36 PM
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You should change the title from "Organic compounds and evidence of chemical processes found to be occurring on a meteorite that broke" to Possible evidence of life on meteorite.

Granted it does sound a bit sensational but I don't want this thread to be ignored.

S&F



posted on Jun, 13 2011 @ 02:37 PM
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Yeah, the title was a bit longer so it cut the rest of it off. I've taken 'that broke' off



 
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