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Karen Smith
2014-04-17 08:40:45

Bill Steigerwald, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Ancient Earth might have had an extraterrestrial supply of vitamin B3 delivered by carbon-rich meteorites, according to a new analysis by NASA-funded researchers. The result supports a theory that the origin of life may have been assisted by a supply of key molecules created in space and brought to Earth by comet and meteor impacts. "It is always difficult to put a value on the connection between meteorites and the origin of life; for...

Martian Meteorites Offer Evidence Of Early Atmosphere On Red Planet
2014-04-17 06:47:34

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Martian meteorites that fell to Earth are revealing secrets of an early atmosphere on Mars that is hidden in the chemical signatures of each ancient rock. Geologists, who collected and studied 40 of these otherworldly rocks, have found an important key to how the atmospheres of Mars and Earth diverged very early in the evolution of the Solar System. The results of this study, published in the journal Nature, will help guide...

2014-04-16 23:02:29

Data will help scientists read Curiosity Mars rover samples for signs of life, says UMD coauthor of study published today in Nature. (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 Geologists who analyzed 40 meteorites that fell to Earth from Mars unlocked secrets of the Martian atmosphere hidden in the chemical signatures of these ancient rocks. Their study, published April 17 in the journal Nature, shows that the atmospheres of Mars and Earth diverged in important ways very early in the 4.6 billion year...

Small Asteroid Regolith Formed By Thermal Fatigue
2014-04-04 06:21:44

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Small asteroids contain a layer of loose, unconsolidated rock and dust known as a regolith composed of centimeter-sized fragments and smaller particles. New research from researchers at the Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute at Johns Hopkins University, Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), have now determined that this layer is formed by...

NASA Scientists Find Evidence Of Water In Martian Meteorite
2014-02-28 07:16:06

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Evidence of water and life on Mars is a hotly debated topic that has been ongoing for decades. While most scientists agree that Mars had an abundant source of water in its ancient past, there has only been limited evidence that life may have once existed on the Red Planet. However, scientists from NASA’ Johnson Space Center in Houston and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California have found evidence of past water...

Asteroid Impact Spotted On Face Of The Moon
2014-02-26 11:23:05

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System (MIDAS) has helped take a video of the Man in the Moon getting nailed by an asteroid, reports Jason Major for Discovery News. MIDAS is a set of telescopes located in Seville, Spain that are able to scan the Moon for events like this. Astronomers from the University of Huelva in southwestern Spain used footage of an asteroid impact to show the moon being struck by a space rock. MIDAS...

New Techniques Tease Out Building Blocks Of Life In Meteorites
2014-02-04 06:24:52

[ Watch the Video: New Technique For Studying Out-Of-This-World Particles ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have long delved into the mysteries of the origins of life here on Earth and more recently have found evidence pointing to the skies above us. Some evidence has been found in material created in space and delivered to Earth via comets and meteors, containing the building blocks for life. The latest round of evidence comes by way of Michael...

Meteorite Reveals Martian Secrets
2013-11-21 07:06:46

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study has uncovered what may be the first recognized example of ancient Martian crust. The findings, published in Nature, are the work of Munir Humayun of Florida State University. His work is based on an analysis of a 4.4 billion-year-old Martian meteorite unearthed by Bedouin tribesmen in the Sahara desert. The rock, designated NWA 7533, might be the first recognized sample of ancient Martian crust and holds a wealth of...

Curiosity Sampling Confirms Earth Meteorites Are From Mars
2013-10-16 16:04:54

[ Watch the Video: Martian Roots In Many Meteorites ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity rover has proven some of the meteorites discovered have indeed come from the Red Planet, according to a new study published by the American Geophysical Union. A new measurement of Mars' atmosphere by Curiosity's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument shows two forms of argon gas. The lighter and heavier forms, or isotopes, of argon exist naturally throughout...


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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Crater -- A crater is a circular depression on the surface of a planet, moon, asteroid, or other celestial body. Craters are typically caused by meteorite impacts, although some are caused by volcanic activity. In the center of craters on Earth a crater lake often accumulates, and in craters formed by meteorites a central island (caused by rebounding crustal rock after the impact) is usually a prominent feature in the lake. Ancient craters whose relief has disappeared leaving only a...

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