Morocco-Found Martian Meteorite Contains Never-Before-Seen Organic Compounds

Moroccan Researchers Investigated Unpublished Organic Compounds in Martian Meteorite

Moroccan and Technical University of Munich researchers have conducted a study on “unpublished” organic compounds in a Martian meteorite that could help determine the presence of a form of life on the red planet in the past, according to a statement issued by Hassan II University of Casablanca UH2C.

The results of the study were published in “Science Advances” by an international team of researchers, led by Philippe Schmitt Koplin, professor at the Technical University of Munich, and Hasnaa Chennaoui Aoudjehane, professor at Hassan II University of Casablanca UH2C.

This meteorite, which was ejected from Mars around 700,000 years ago, impacted the Earth in July 2011, in the Tissint Desert, located in southern Morocco. The Tissint meteorite is the fifth Martian meteorite known to have entered the Earth and is special because it consists of fresh material that has not been contaminated by atmospheric agents, as per Chennaoui’s earlier statements to EFE.

The research paper in Science Advances presents “the most comprehensive catalog ever created on the diversity of organic compounds contained in the Martian meteorite.” This will help the team gain valuable insights into the presence of a form of life on the planet in the past.

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