Nasa found sugar in meteorites that crashed into the Earth. Meteorites that crashed the Earth billions of years ago contain sugars. According to researchers, lending support to the idea of asteroids holds some ingredients of life.
An international team of scientists found “bio essential” sugars in meteors. This also contains biologically important compounds, according to a press release from NASA on Tuesday.
NASA found sugar in meteorites: lastest study
In a study that was published Monday in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers analyzed three meteorites. This includes the one that landed in Australia in 1969 and dates back to billions of years from space. Previous studies also tried to investigate the meteors for sugar. But this time researchers used a different extraction method, they used hydrochloric acid and water.
The researchers found sugars like arabinose and xylose, but the most significant finding was ribose.
Ribose plays a huge part in human biology, It exists in our RNA (ribonucleic acid) molecules. Further, this delivers messages from our DNA to help build proteins for our bodies, according to the press release.
On the other hand, Jason Dworkin of NASA, a co-author of the study, said in the press release,
It is remarkable that a molecule as fragile as ribose could be detected in such ancient material.
In conclusion, this study adds to the growing list of evidence the meteorites may have led to terrestrial life.