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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has detected organic compounds on the surface of Ceres

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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has detected organic compounds on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres.

Scientists found a patch of organic materials near one crater, with a smaller amount a few hundred kilometers away.

The materials are likely “tar-like” materials like kerite and asphaltite.

Scientists believe the materials were created on Ceres and were not deposited there by impacting comets or asteroids.

The organic materials, along with the presence of water and an internal heat source, suggest that the asteroid belt’s largest object has all the basic requirements to support life. [Space.com]


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