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Ingredients for life discovered on ancient meteorites

Scientists have discovered liquid water on ancient meteorites, sparking renewed hope for life beyond planet earth. The researchers uncovered both water and organic compounds on two meteorites, which date back 4.5 billion years. The meteorites actually fell to earth almost 20 years ago, but technology at the time couldn’t pick up the trace materials. Thanks to a joint effort between the UK’s Open University and the NASA Johnson Space Center in Texas, it was possible to find new evidence from the rocks. Scientists examining them used high-sensitivity mass spectrometers, which makes it possible to detect different molecules based on their size. They also used NanoSIMS equipment, which allowed the researchers to study the chemical ma ...