sep 162012
 
Meteorite "Paris" Contains Similar Organics as the Interstellar Medium

  A team of researchers from the Institute of Space Astrophysics (IAS / CNRS-Université Paris Sud) examining the meteorite “Paris”,  was able to highlight the presence of organic components similar to those of the interstellar medium. Fig.2: This photograph shows the Paris meteorite fusion crust (croute de fusion) formed during atmospheric entry partially oxidized (orange) traces (traces d’oxydation) [continue reading]

aug 112012
 
Quasicrystals On Earth Came From Outer Space

  Results from an expedition to far eastern Russia that set out to find the origin of naturally occurring quasicrystals have provided convincing evidence that they arrived on Earth from outer space. A rock sample containing quasicrystals unearthed in the Koryak Mountains in Russia. Image Credit: Paul Steinhardt, Princeton University Writing in IOP Publishing’s journal Reports [continue reading]

aug 082012
 
New Impact Crater in the Arctic Discovered

  Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan and the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) have discovered a massive meteor impact from millions of years ago in Canada’s western Arctic. Geological Survey of Canada geologist Keith Dewing examining shatter cones and taking notes at the newly discovered Prince Albert impact crater, northwestern Victoria Island, western Arctic. [continue reading]

aug 032012
 
Supernova Explosions Polluted the Solar System

  For decades it has been thought that a shock wave from a supernova explosion triggered the formation of our Solar System. According to this theory, the shock wave also injected material from the exploding star into a cloud of dust and gas, and the newly polluted cloud collapsed to form the Sun and its [continue reading]

aug 022012
 
Water Once Flowed from the Southern Highlands of Mars

  ESA’s Mars Express has observed the southern part of a partially buried approximately 440-km wide crater, informally named Ladon basin. The images, near to where Ladon Valles enters this large impact region reveal a variety of features, most notably the double interconnected impact craters Sigli and Shambe, the basins of which are criss-crossed by extensive [continue reading]

jul 292012
 
Life on Earth Possibly Submitted by Meteorites

  A University of Alberta researcher says a meteorite that came down in British Columbia 12 years ago now reveals that a key molecular component present in all life on Earth may not have originated on this planet. Artist’s concept of excess left-handed amino acids delivered to Earth through meteorite impacts. Image Credit: NASA/Mary P. [continue reading]