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Dec 11 2014

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Rosetta discovers water vapor different than Earth’s

Deuterium ratio is different on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Interesting…

Even more interesting:

Previous measurements of the deuterium/hydrogen (D/H) ratio in other comets have shown a wide range of values. Of the 11 comets for which measurements have been made, it is only the Jupiter-family Comet 103P/Hartley 2 that was found to match the composition of Earth’s water, in observations made by ESA’s Herschel mission in 2011.

By contrast, meteorites originally hailing from asteroids in the Asteroid Belt also match the composition of Earth’s water. Thus, despite the fact that asteroids have a much lower overall water content, impacts by a large number of them could still have resulted in Earth’s oceans.

So our oceans were filled via inner system asteroids, not comets? That’s news to me.

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