Recently, it has been noted that the meteorites that fall on to the earth’s surface in Texas and Morocco are believed to contain some rare chemical compounds which have sparked scientists to question the very possibility of extraterrestrial life. The Earth’s surface encountered two meteorites smashes in 1998, where one landed near a basketball court in Texas and the second crashing into Morocco.
Now 20 years later, it is believed that they contained chemical components. Liquid water and a mix of complex organic compounds were found in the meteorites, including hydrocarbons and amino acids as it is believed. A study released on January 10, 2018, by the journal Science Advances, showed the first chemical study of organic matter and water in salt crystals found in meteorites on the Earth.
According to Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source’s scientist David Kilcoyne, “It’s like a fly in amber.”
Even though the fact that the discovery does not necessarily prove that there is life beyond the Earth, the scientists said that the meteorites “encapsulation of rich chemistry” may be equated to the preservation of “prehistoric insects in solidified sap droplets.”
Queenie Chan, a planetary researcher, who was the lead author for the study said: “This is really the first time we have found abundant organic matter also associated with liquid water that is really essential for the origin of life and the generation of complex organic compounds and elements in space. We’re looking at the organic ingredients that can lead to the origin of life.”
Dr. Chan thinks that the meteorites may have intertwined paths because of their similar structures and materials, which imply different repercussions as to how organic matter may be “passed on” from one asteroid to another in space.
She said: “Everything leads to the conclusion that the origin of life is really possible elsewhere. A range of organic compounds has been found in these meteorites which includes a primitive type of organics that likely represent the early solar system’s organic composition.”
Yoko Kebukawa, an associate professor of engineering at Yokohama National University, who took part in experiments for the study at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source said: ”We have revealed that the organic compound believed to be present in it was somewhat similar to that found in primitive meteorites, but it can not be argued that it contained more oxygen-bearing chemistry.”
She went on to add: “Combined with other evidence, the results support the idea that the organic matter originated from a water-rich, or previously water-rich parent body — an ocean world in the early solar system, possibly Ceres.”
It was specifically highlighted by Dr. Chan, that there were some other distinctive “discoveries” that are yet to be diagnosed and that she was planning on further research of the meteorites to identify if any of the crystals also contain water or complex organic matter compound.
Meanwhile, a vivid video of a strange object entering Earth’s atmosphere captured by an astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS) has led to bizarre claims of an “alien UFO cover-up.”
Paolo Nespolit, an astronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA), has uploaded the video captured from the ISS, which said it was a meteorite entering Earth’s atmosphere. The ESA appeared to be very open with the video, and researchers agreed at his observation adding the meteorite had hurtled towards the Earth.
In a video highlighting the footage, he said: “I don’t think it’s meteorite at all. What many people may not realize is that this video is a time lapse. The Earth is seen spinning at a high rate of speed in the footage and then we see this flash of light coming from space. When you account how fast the Earth would have actually been moving, had this not been sped up, it would have been moving much, much slower. The speeds are so low that even the slowest meteorites can be put to shame.”
So what’s your take on this? Do you think extraterrestrial guests have visited us or is it just a coincident? Let us know below in the comments!