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Ivuna Meteorite

Carbonaceous chondrite weighing 0.7 kg that landed near Ivuna, Tanzania, on Dec. 16, 1938. The Ivuna meteorite is the eponym for the CI (Carbonaceous Ivuna-like) chondrites.

In 2001, a team from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Leideon Observatory in the Netherlands, and the NASA Ames Research Center, demonstrated the presence of two simple amino acids, glycine and β-alanine, and linked Ivuna with a likely origin in the nucleus of a comet.

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