Organic Molecules in Martian Meteorite Not Biological in Origin

Body in space glowing as it heads through Earth's atmosphere.

They found evidence of water-rock interactions similar to those that happen on Earth. (Image: via Pixabay)

Organic Molecules Offer Clues About Dying Stars and Outskirts of the Milky Way

The Atacama Large Millimeter Array.

UArizona Regents Professor Lucy Ziurys and her collaborators took advantage of the radio antennas at the Atacama Large Millimeter Array, or ALMA, to detect the very faint emissions of organic molecules in various planetary nebulae, remnants of dying stars. ALMA sits atop a plateau in Chile's Atacama Desert, 16,500 feet above sea level, where the atmosphere is undisturbed and allows for clear observing. (Image: C. Padilla, NRAO / AUI / NSF)

Organic Molecules Discovered, Consistent With Early Life on Mars

Mars, the red planet.

Organic compounds called thiophenes are found on Earth in coal, crude oil and oddly enough, in white truffles, the mushroom beloved by epicureans and wild pigs. (Image: JPL-Caltech via NASA)