The Murray meteorite is a carbonaceous chondrite that fell near
Murray, Kentucky, in 1950. Its analysis by Melvin Calvin provided early support for the idea that prebiotic molecules can form in
space. As many as 70 different kinds of amino
acids have been found in the Murray meteorite, whose organic composition
is similar to that of the Murchison meteorite.
In 2001, it was also found to contain a range of polyols – organic
substances closely related to sugars such as glucose.1
|The Murray meteorite.
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- Cooper, G. et al. "Carbonaceous meteorites as a source of sugar-related
organic compounds for the early Earth," Nature, 414, 879-883
• organic matter in