Ice and Carbon on Asteroids

Scientists using a NASA funded telescope have detected water ice and carbon based organic compounds on the surface of an asteroid. The cold facts of the discovery of the frosty mixture on one of the asteroid belt’s larger occupants, suggests that some asteroids, along with their celestial brethren, comets, were the water carriers for a primordial Earth. The research is published in today’s issue of the journal Nature. These findings may give clues as to how the primordial oceans and life on Earth once formed.

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