Volume 94 Issue 22 | p. 10 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 30, 2016

Rosetta mission detects biological building blocks on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Discovery of glycine and phosphorus advances theory that comets could have played a role in seeding life on Earth
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Biological SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: astrochemistry, comet, origin of life, glycine, Rosetta

Data from the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission reveal that the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is home to glycine and phosphorus, two biological building blocks important for the origin of life. The work follows the prior discovery of organic molecules on 67P, including methyl isocyanate, acetone, propanal, and acetamide. In total, the findings support the theory that comet impacts may have played a crucial role in seeding life on our . . .

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