Early Solar System had organics
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