Organic Matter on Asteroid 130 Elektra

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Science  09 Oct 1987:
Vol. 238, Issue 4824, pp. 183-184
DOI: 10.1126/science.238.4824.183


Infrared absorption spectra of a low-albedo water-rich asteroid appear to show a weak 3.4-micrometer carbon-hydrogen stretching mode band, which suggests the presence of hydrocarbons on asteroid 130 Elektra. The organic extract from the primitive carbonaceous chondritic Murchison meteorite shows similar spectral bands.