In 2011, a meteorite fell on Morocco and was analyzed for more than a decade. The results of the study were recently released and showed unprecedented organic compounds, which could provide answers about life on Mars. Scientists from the Technical University of Munich and Germany’s Helmholtz Zentrum Munich spoke about the findings, which could shed light on the high-pressure, high-temperature geochemistry that shaped Mars’ deep interior. They discovered a link between the diversity of organic molecules and their types with the specific mineralogy of a meteorite, as well as large amounts of organic magnesium compounds, which had not previously been observed in samples from Mars. The material could provide clues to the carbon cycle on Mars and the evolution of its minerals, and be further evaluated by samples brought back to Earth from Mars by various missions.
Today: November 30, 2023