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A meteorite that fell in Morocco may hold answers about life on Mars

in 2011, Meteorite fell on Morocco It was analyzed for more than a decade and the results were released recently. Key: Its organic compounds are unprecedented and may provide answers about life on Mars.

Meteorite Do you think, Named after the North African city where it was found, It was formed millions of years ago and is one of the five Martian rocks that were observed falling to Earth.

Originating on the Red Planet, it was ejected into space by an explosively violent event, before reaching our planet. The results of the study were published in the journal Science Advances.

Mars and Earth, common origin and path

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Philip Schmidt-Koplin, Scientists from the Technical University of Munich and Germany’s Helmholtz Zentrum Munich spoke about the discoveries.

“Mars and Earth share many aspects of their evolution,” Schmidt-Koplin says. In this statement. “Although life originated and developed on our planet, The question of whether it ever existed on Mars is a very hot research topic.

“This requires a deep understanding of the water and organic molecules of our neighboring planet,” apart from their reactive surfaces”, said the scientist, pointing out that it is possible that the Tisint meteorite provides some clues in this regard.

Tisint meteorite value

Researcher made a catalog of the diversity of organic compounds in Tissint, The most complete of all Martian meteorites ever found. In the process, As space tells, they discovered A link between the diversity of organic molecules and their types with the specific mineralogy of a meteorite.

Mars, In An Image Provided By Nasa.
Mars planet Mars, in an image provided by NASA. (Legacy Images / Getty Images)

They found large amounts of organic magnesium compounds, which had not previously been observed in samples from Mars. The material could shed light on the high-pressure, high-temperature geochemistry that shaped Mars’ deep interior.

According to the abundance statement of this type of organic magnesium compound, It may also point to a connection between the carbon cycle on Mars and the evolution of its minerals.

In the future, evaluation of samples brought back to Earth from Mars by various missions, including Mars sample return from NASA and ESA.

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