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When Asteroid Impacts Are a Good Thing

14 Oct 2020, 13:00 UTC
When Asteroid Impacts Are a Good Thing ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

In a recent paper published in the journal Astrobiology, Gordon Osinski from the University of Western Ontario and colleagues lay out the case for why asteroid and cometary impacts are not always harbingers of death. In fact, they often create temporarily habitable conditions on a planet otherwise challenging for life. They may even have been instrumental in the origin of life on Earth.

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