A 4.6-billion-year-old meteorite may reveal the origin of Earth’s water

An ancient meteorite that crash-landed on a gorge in the United Kingdom may have solved the mystery of the source of Earth’s water.

The 4.6-billion-year-old space rock, which slammed down in front of a family home in the English town of Winchcombe in February 2021, contains water that closely resembles the chemical composition of water found on Earth — offering a possible explanation for how our planet was seeded with the life-giving substance.

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