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Does the organic material of comets pre-date our solar system?

12 Sep 2017, 17:43 UTC
Does the organic material of comets pre-date our solar system? ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
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The Rosetta space probe discovered a large amount of organic material in the nucleus of comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Researchers now advance the theory that this matter has its origin in interstellar space and pre-dates the birth of the solar system. Furthermore, according to a new paper by Jean-Loup Bertaux and Rosine Lallement – from the Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales (CNRS / UPMC / Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines) and the Galaxies, Étoiles, Physique et Instrumentation department of the Paris Observatory (Observatoire de Paris / CNRS / Université Paris Diderot), respectively – these organic molecules were produced in interstellar space, well before the formation of the Solar System.

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