The 2011 Mars meteorite raises curiosity and caution

Tissint, a Martian meteorite that fell in Morocco in July 2011, reveals, after numerous analyses, an unprecedented diversity of organic compounds, indicates a press release issued by the University Hassan II of Casablanca (UH2C). This is what emerges from the essence of the work published in the journal “Science Advancement by an international team of researchers with the participation of Hasnaa Shenaoui Aoughan, Professor at UH2C (Faculty of Sciences Ain Chock) and President of the Atarak Foundation,” refers to the same source. .

“Excavation of the organic matter found on Tissint can help answer the question of the presence of some form of life in the past on the Red Planet,” the same source specifies, adding that “Tissint is the fifth observed fall of a Martian meteorite in the world.” “The work done on this meteorite led, in early 2012, to an article published in Science by an international consortium of researchers led by Professor Hasna El-Shennawy Odgahan. This work made it possible to show that the ejection of this rock from the surface of Mars occurred less than a million years ago. years, after a very violent impact, and Mars at that time was wet.

This work is an introduction and paves the way for the study of Martian samples returning to Earth, particularly those related to the composition, stability and dynamics of organic compounds in current Martian environments. The statement concluded that this publication enriches the contribution to this topic and confirms the efforts made by researchers from Hassan II University in Casablanca and the Atarak Foundation in Morocco for more than twenty years to promote Moroccan meteorites scientifically and heritage.

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