Friday, December 22, 2006

Meteorite's Organic Matter Older Than the Sun

Very cool:
"We don't really look at this research as telling us something about [the meteorite itself] as much as telling us something about the origins of the solar system," said Scott Messenger of the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

. . .

"The material we see today is arguably the most representative of the material that first went into making up the solar system."

The meteorite likely formed in the outer reaches of the asteroid belt, but the organic material it contains probably had a far more distant origin.

. . .

Some scientists speculate that organic matter arriving via ancient meteorites and comets are responsible for the rise of life on Earth.
(via Philosoraptor)

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