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Experts Search for Water in Space AP

Having found water in a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite, NASA scientists are searching for more that may have been overlooked in other space rocks. The water, locked in a purple crystalline mineral called halite – or rock salt – remained uncontaminated by the Earth’s atmosphere because scientists studied the meteorite quickly, less than 46 hours after it fell, said Everett Gibson, the NASA scientist who retrieved the space rock last year from the West Texas town of Monahans.