Early So­lar Sys­tem had or­gan­ics

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Or­ganic mat­ter, one of the key in­gre­di­ents for cre­at­ing life, formed in the early stages of our So­lar Sys­tem. Plan­e­tary ge­ol­o­gists found key el­e­ments needed for life in re­cent stud­ies of car­bona­ceous chon­drite me­te­orites – for­mer space rocks that have not been al­tered since the So­lar Sys­tem be­gan to form.

“Chon­drites are a snap­shot of the early So­lar Sys­tem, pro­vid­ing key in­sights into how pro­to­plan­ets and plan­ets formed and were pro­cessed,” says Ro­main Tartèse from the Univer­sity of Manch­ester, who led the study. If such com­pounds were cre­ated in the in­fant So­lar Sys­tem, it is likely that they formed in other plan­e­tary sys­tems, mean­ing that other plan­ets could have the in­gre­di­ents needed for life.

Chon­drites are like stony time cap­sules – me­te­orites formed from ma­te­rial present in the early So­lar Sys­tem

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