Molecular Wednesday

Merry Cometary Christmas!!

Merry Cometary Christmas!!

The Philae lander has found organic molecules – which are essential for life – on the surface of the comet where it touched down last week.

The spacecraft managed to beam back evidence of the carbon and–hydrogen–containing chemicals shortly before it entered hibernation mode to conserve falling power supplies.

Although scientists are still to reveal what kind of molecules have been found on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the discovery could provide new clues about how the early chemical ingredients that lead to life on Earth arrived on the planet.

Many scientists believe they may have been carried here on an asteroid or comet that collided with the Earth during its early history.

The DLR German Aerospace Centre, which built the Cosac instrument, confirmed it had found organic molecules.



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12 Responses to Molecular Wednesday

  1. º¿carol says:

    Doc, there were one too many cheers to you last night at Rodney’s. You probably have a hangover this morning.


  2. Den says:

    Dribbling rain here, diesels still roaring by, rednecks can’t stay home, must waste fossil fuels acting the fool.
    Cool Cometary discoveries show the Universe is teeming with life after all, it’s just light years apart.


  3. º¿carol says:

    Snow flurries all day so far. Maybe an inch, so not bad yet. Bob cancelled a doctor appointment he had in Mason. That’s 15 country miles away on a 55 mph road. To heck with it.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    Putin not sane.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    39 °F


  6. jim hitchcock says:

    Nova on the Wa. mudslide right now is pretty incredible.


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