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posted by janrinok on Tuesday January 24 2023, @05:07PM   Printer-friendly
from the rocky-beginnings dept.

The research found organic compounds from space which holds the secrets to the origin of life:

New research has been published on the organic analysis of the Winchcombe meteorite which crashed landed onto a driveway in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire in 2021. [...]

In the study, the analysis found a range of organic matter which reveals that the meteorite was once from part of an asteroid where liquid water occurred, and if it that asteroid had been given access to the water, a chemical reaction could have occurred leading to more molecules turning into amino acids and protein - the building blocks of life.

[...] "Winchcombe belongs to a rare type of carbonaceous meteorite which typically contains a rich inventory of organic compounds and water. The first Winchcombe meteorite stone was recovered within 12 hours of the fireball observation event and properly curated to restrict any terrestrial contamination. This allowed us to study the organic signature truly essential to the meteorite itself.

"Studying the organic inventory of the Winchcombe meteorite provided us with a window into the past, how simple chemistry kick started the origin of life at the birth of our solar system. Discovering these life's precursor organic molecules allowed us to comprehend the fall of similar material to the surface of the Earth, prior to the emergence of life on our own planet.

Journal Reference:
Queenie H. S. Chan, Jonathan S. Watson, Mark A. Sephton, et al., The amino acid and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon compositions of the promptly recovered CM2 Winchcombe carbonaceous chondrite [open], Meteorit Planet Sci, 2023. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/maps.13936


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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Freeman on Tuesday January 24 2023, @11:05PM

    by Freeman (732) on Tuesday January 24 2023, @11:05PM (#1288447) Journal

    Just from the sheer vastness of space, the times required to travel, the complexities of space travel, etc. Even, if I were wrong about God and religion and life. The mind-bogglingly hugeness of space, could prevent any civilization or life forms from ever discovering, let alone meeting another alien species. That's assuming, we would actually identify the other forms of life as life as we know it. Without some near magical technology that we have yet to barely even imagine, the vastness of space would keep us from finding other life forms. I believe we aren't the only life forms in existence, beyond God and the Angels (Satan/Lucifer is a fallen Angel). We're just not allowed contact, due to the fall of man (sin). I mean, you generally step around a giant pile of dung, if at all possible, right?

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    Joshua 1:9 "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee"
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