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What sorts of life bearing compounds are found in meteorites?

In my entry for Astrobiology Bibliography I claim you can answer the question “What sorts of life bearing compounds are found in meteorites?” with this resource. Here’s how:

  1. Visit the resource, then type “control-f”, then meteor.
  2. Look through your highlighted search results till you find:
    • Callahan, Michael P., et al. “Carbonaceous Meteorites Contain a Wide Range of Extraterrestrial Nucleobases”,Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. CVIII, no. 34 (Aug, 23, 2011), p. 13995-13998.Available from the NASA Technical Reports Server as document no. 20110020694.
    • Glavin, Daniel P., et al. “Extraterrestrial Amino Acids in the Almahata Sitta Meteorite”, Meteoritics and Planetary Science, vol. XLV, Issue 10-11, (Oct./Nov. 2010), p. 1695–1709.Available from the NASA Technical Reports Server as document no. 20100032884.
  3. For the first citation, copy 20110020694 ,the number that follow “as document no.”, then click the link for the NASA Technical Reports Server.
  4. Paste 20110020694 into the search box and click search.
  5. Open the PDF file of the one result you get. The report will name nucleobases found and even provide diagrams of the molecules.

Astrobiology Bibliography is just one of several astrobiology resources available in Writer’s Guide to Government Information.

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