Volume 95 Issue 8 | p. 9 | News of The Week
Issue Date: February 20, 2017 | Web Date: February 16, 2017

Organics found on dwarf planet Ceres

Dawn spacecraft’s discovery suggests chemistry needed to make life’s building blocks is widespread in solar system
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: Ceres, Dawn, organics

Scientists have spotted aliphatic organic molecules across a large swath of the dwarf planet Ceres (Science 2017, DOI: 10.1126/science.aaj2305). The compounds were likely produced on Ceres itself, suggesting that the rich chemistry needed to create life’s building blocks exists throughout the solar system.

An international team led by Maria Cristina De Sanctis at the National Institute of Astrophysics in Rome, examined spectra taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which has been orbiting Ceres since 2015. Ceres . . .

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