Mars meteorite with organic molecules holds clues to chances of ancient life

A Martian meteorite that crashed in Morocco 11 years ago contains a vast diversity of organic compounds, which could help researchers discover if Mars could have hosted life and provide important clues about Earth’s geological history.

Mars and Earth share many aspects of their evolution, and while life arose and thrived on our home planet, the question of whether it ever existed on Mars is a very hot research topic that requires deeper knowledge of our neighboring planet’s water, organic molecules, and reactive surfaces,” Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, of the Technical University of Munich and Helmholtz Zentrum Munich in Germany, said in a statement.

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