Did asteroids bring water and life to Earth?

September 3, 2010 | by Michael Anft Space scientists have put several men on the moon, robotically explored the farthest reaches of the solar system, and calculated the age and composition of the universe. But they’ve had a hard time nailing down two of the most basic questions about life […]

Life began after asteroids slammed into earth, scientists say

Life on Earth began after asteroids crashed into the planet, scientists have claimed. Astronomers have confirmed for the first time that a giant space rock contains frozen water on its surface. Analysis of asteroid 24 Themis also shows evidence of widespread organic chemicals. The scientists say this supports the theory […]

Asteroid ice hints at rocky start to life on Earth

Published online April 28, 2010: Cool discovery suggests asteroids brought water and organic material. Zeeya Merali A slushy cocktail of water-ice and organic materials has been directly detected on the surface of an asteroid for the first time. The finding strengthens the theory that asteroids delivered the ingredients for Earth’s […]

Ancient Organic Particles from Space Discovered in Antarctica

A new family of extraterrestrial particles, probably of cometary origin, were discovered this spring by researchers from the Center for Nuclear Spectrometry and Mass Spectrometry (CSNSM) in central Antarctica. The micrometeorites, which are remarkably well preserved, are made up of organic matter containing small assemblages of minerals from the coldest […]