A recently published study by the Field Museum in Chicago, USA, reveals that a meteorite that fell in Michigan contains untouched organic compounds, that is, free from contamination by the terrestrial environment.
The analysis was only possible because the meteorite was recovered less than 48 hours after its fall on January 16, 2018. It was found on the frozen surface of Strawberry Lake, near the city of Hamburg.
In total, 2,600 different organic compounds were found in the meteorite. The study of these celestial bodies is essential to understand the history of the origin of the Solar System, the Earth and, perhaps, life.
Science & Space meteorite