Chance of alien life after scientists find water in meteorites
In 1998, two meteorites smashed into the earth, with one landing near a basketball court in Texas and the second crashing into Morocco.
Now 20 years later, it is believed that they contained chemical components.
The meteorites are filled with both liquid water and a mix of complex organic compounds, including hydrocarbons and amino acids it is believed.
A study released on January 10 by the journal Science Advances, showed the first chemical study of organic matter and water in salt crystals found in meteorites on the Earth.
David Kilcoyne, a scientist at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source said: “It’s like a fly in amber.”
Despite the fact that the discovery does not prove that there is life beyond Earth, the scientist revealed that the meteorites “encapsulation of rich chemistry” may be equated to the preservation of “prehistoric insects in solidified sap droplets.”
Queenie Chan, a planetary scientist, who was the study’s lead author said: “This is really the first time we have found abundant organic matter also associated with liquid water that is really crucial to the origin of life and the origin of complex organic compounds in space.”
“We’re looking at the organic ingredients that can lead to the origin of life.”
Dr Chan believes that the meteorites may have crossed paths because of their similarities in their materials, which imply different suggestions as to how organic matter may be “passed” from one asteroid to another in space.
She said: “Everything leads to the conclusion that the origin of life is really possible elsewhere.
“There is a great range of organic compounds within these meteorites, including a very primitive type of organics that likely represent the early solar system’s organic composition.”
Yoko Kebukawa, an associate professor of engineering at Yokohama National University, who took part in experiments for the study at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source said: ”We revealed that the organic matter was somewhat similar to that found in primitive meteorites, but contained more oxygen-bearing chemistry.”
She went on to add: “Combined with other evidence, the results support the idea that the organic matter originated from a water-rich, or previously water-rich parent body — an ocean world in the early solar system, possibly Ceres.”
In 1998, two meteorites smashed into earth
Dr Chan outlined that there were some other “discoveries” from the meteorites that are yet to be examined and that she was planning further studies to identify if any of the crystals also contain water or complex organic matter.
Meanwhile, a video of an object entering Earth’s atmosphere filmed by an astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS) has led to bizarre claims of an “alien UFO cover-up.”
European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Paolo Nespolit released the footage filmed from the ISS, saying it was a meteorite entering Earth’s atmosphere.
The ESA appeared to be perfectly open with the footage, and scientists agreed at his diagnosis adding the meteorite had hurtled towards Earth.
However, it led to immediate cover-up claims from a notorious alien conspiracy theorist Tyler Glockner, who runs YouTube channel Secureteam10.
The meteorites are filled with both liquid water and a mix of complex organic compounds
In a video highlighting the footage, he said: “I don’t think it’s meteorite at all.
“What many people may not realise is that this video is a time lapse.
“You’re seeing the Earth spinning at a high rate of speed and we see this flash of light coming from space.
“When you account how fast the Earth would have actually been moving, had this not been sped up, it would have been moving much, much slower.
“Speeds that are slower than even the slowest meteorites.”