Study, based in part at Berkeley Lab, also suggests dwarf planet in asteroid belt may be a source of rich organic matter
Two wayward space rocks, which 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.
Image: Artist’s rendering of asteroids and space dust. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)