Fragments of the Sutter’s Mill meteorite, collected by NASA Ames and SETI Institute meteor astronomer Dr. Peter Jenniskens in the evening of Tuesday April 24, 2012 two days after the fall. In a 2021 study, researchers have detected liquid water in minerals in fragments of this meteorite. (Image credit: NASA/Eric James)
Scientists Find Liquid Water Inside a Meteorite
Liquid water has been found inside a meteorite that dates back 4.6 billion years, offering scientists “direct evidence of dynamic evolution of the solar system,” said Akira Tsuchiyama, author of the study published in Science Advances. Researchers used microscopy to find bits of liquid containing carbon dioxide in pockets within fragments of the meteorite.
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