Sugar Is Detected In A Meteorite For The First Time

Sugar exists outside of our planet. It’s hard to believe, but now we’ve got proof.

That’s because the subatance has been detected inside a meteorite for the first time. Japanese researchers and NASA scientists were able to identify sugar on two meteorites using a process that sorts molecules according to mass and electric charge. The lead author of the study detailing the find says it's the first direct evidence of the delivery of sugar to Earth.

Why is this such a big deal? Extraterrestrial sugar might have led to the formation of ribonucleic acid (RNA) on the early earth, which may have led to the origin of life.

Researchers will continue to study the space rocks. The news builds on other recent news about our universe. Last January, researchers found that two meteorites held other ingredients for life: amino acids, hydrocarbons, other organic matter, and traces of liquid water that could date to the earliest days of our solar system.


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