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    Clues to Life Found on Dwarf Planet

    Is that how we got here? Scientists and researchers believe they have discovered organic compounds on the surface of Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars. Ceres has been monitored, mapped and inspected by the Dawn spacecraft since 2015, with studies previously finding evidence of salt, ammonia, water ice and carbonates. Yet this discovery marks the first unambiguous detection of organic molecules naturally formed on an asteroid, suggesting space rocks may have been delivery systems for life’s building blocks throughout the universe — even to primordial Earth.

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