Examination of meteorite from Mars reveals limited water exposure
A team of researchers has reportedly investigated a meteorite from Mars using neutron and X-ray tomography, revealing that the meteorite had limited exposure to water, which according to the scientists makes the chances of life existing at that specific time and place unlikely. But, in the meanwhile, material from Mars is already being studied right here on Earth: by using meteorites which originated from the red planet.
The researchers have published their findings in a research article titled, “The scale of a martian hydrothermal system explored using combined neutron and x-ray tomography,” published in the journal Science Advances. To find out whether there were any major hydrothermal systems where the meteorite was on Mars, the researchers used neutron and X-ray tomography.
If the meteorite contains hydrogen, this would make it possible to study it in three dimensions to see where the hydrogen is located. According to them, a more probable explanation is that the meteorite’s reaction with water happened when small accumulations of underground ice melted during a meteorite that happened about 630 million years ago.
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