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Astronomers Discover Ice On Second Asteroid

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Ice was found on two asteroids in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. (credit: AP)

Ice was found on two asteroids in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. (credit: AP)

PASADENA (AP) — Astronomers have discovered water in the form of ice on a second asteroid, suggesting the life-essential ingredient is more common than believed.

The finding was reported Friday at a meeting of planetary scientists in Pasadena.

The same researchers gained attention earlier this year for discovering the first evidence of ice on an asteroid called 24 Themis.

Both ice-containing asteroids reside in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

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