Meteorite Landed in UK 'Offers Clues to How Life Began On Earth'


By Aahil

Scientists say it crashed onto a driveway in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, last year.

A meteorite contains important information about how oceans and life on Earth formed.

Analysis of the space rock has shown that it contains 11 percent water and 2 percent carbon.

The discovery suggests that asteroids played a key role in "delivering the materials needed to kickstart oceans and life on early Earth".

said Dr Luke Daly, a lecturer in planetary geology at the University of Glasgow and co-author of the paper.

That one of the biggest questions being asked of the scientific community is, 'How did we get here?'

This analysis on the Wincombe meteorite provides insight into how water came to Earth—the source of so much life.

"Researchers will continue to work on this sample for years to come, unlocking more mysteries in the origins of our solar system."

The Wincombe meteorite belongs to a rare class of rocks known as carbonaceous chondrites.

Carbonaceous chondrites comprise about 3 percent of all meteorites collected on Earth.

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