Our solar system and the bodies that reside in it are full of mysteries. Whether it's Mars or Jupiter's moon Europa, scientists are constantly conducting studies and working on new missions to understand the dynamics of our star neighborhood and find out if any celestial bodies, apart from Earth, carry the necessary conditions for microbial life.
The object that has attracted attention in recent years is Ceres, a dwarf planet that lurks in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. NASA's Dawn space probe is already exploring the small planet since 2015 and has made some intriguing discoveries that include the presence of water ice and organic material in small patches on its surface.
The agency detected carbon-based compounds that do not necessarily confirm the presence of life (non-biological processes can also produce organic molecules), but they are a crucial part of the basic components or components of life such as we know This is why a group of researchers at Brown University once again analyzed the data collected by Dawn and came to a surprising conclusion: the organic material on the planet could be much more abundant than originally thought.