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Ingredients For Life Revealed In Meteorites That Fell To Earth

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Study, based in part at Berkeley Lab, suggests dwarf planet, Ceres, in asteroid belt may be a source of rich organic matter

Two meteorites that separately crashed to Earth in 1998 after circulating in our solar system’s asteroid belt for billions of years share something else in common: the ingredients for life. They are the first meteorites found to contain both liquid water and a mix of complex organic compounds such as hydrocarbons and amino acids.

https://newscenter.lbl.gov/2018/01/10/organic-meteorites/

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Ceres, a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt pictured here in this false-color image, may be the source of organic matter found in two meteorites that crashed to Earth in 1998. (Credit: NASA)

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