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B Geology of Ceres illuminates origin of organics

  1. Feb 17, 2017 #1


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    February 16, 2017
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    NASA's Dawn spacecraft recently detected organic-rich areas on Ceres. Scientists evaluated the geology of the regions to conclude that the organics are most likely native to the dwarf planet. Data from the spacecraft suggest that the interior of Ceres is the source of these organic materials, as opposed to arriving via impacting asteroids or comets, according to a new article.

    Is any of this true ,If it is is it significant?
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  3. Feb 17, 2017 #2
    Organics are not necessarily an indication of life being present at some time, if that's what you mean.
    Carbon compounds have been found to be present in many asteroids and meteors, and Carbon is a very common element.
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