Glasgow: Scientists say that the meteorite that fell in Britain last year contains important information about the existence of the ocean and life on Earth.
Analysis of the space rock that fell from Winkcombe, Gloucestershire, UK, showed that it contained 11 percent water and 2 percent carbon.
In a study published in Science Advances, the experts said their findings indicate that asteroids played an important role in providing the ingredients needed for the origin of life and the oceans on Earth.
Dr Luke Daly of the University of Glasgow said that in the research, scientists learned how water, the cause of life on Earth, appeared.
He said the biggest question for the scientific community is how did we get here? Analysis of the Winchcomb asteroid reveals how water got to Earth.
He said that researchers will continue to study this asteroid in the coming years and will reveal the secrets of the origin of our solar system.
The Winchcombe meteorite is a rare rock known as a carbonaceous chondrite.
About 3 percent of all asteroids on Earth are carbonaceous chondrites and have unchanged chemistry dating back to the formation of the solar system, more than four billion years ago.
Analysis of the asteroid fragment revealed the presence of space water in the meteorite minerals. This water was formed during a chemical reaction between rock and liquid in the early stages of the solar system on the parent planet of this piece.
Chemical analysis showed that the composition of this water is very similar to that of water on Earth. Moreover, these samples were also found to contain amino acids, which are an important component for the origin of life.