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Ice confirmed on an asteroid

Frozen water leaves its signature over the entire surface of the asteroid 24 Themis

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3:04pm, October 8, 2009

FAJARDO, Puerto Rico — Space rocks may be dead as doornails but some contain ingredients that could have given life on Earth a foothold.

Planetary scientists reported October 7 that they have, for the first time, confirmed that an asteroid contains frozen water on its surface. Evidence of water-ice, along with organic compounds, on the surface of the asteroid 24 Themis supports the theory that asteroids brought both water and organic compounds to the early Earth, helping lay the foundation for life on the planet.

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