Comets Or Meteorites Crashing Into A Planet Could Produce Amino Acids, 'Building Blocks Of Life'

September 15, 2013 9:28 PM

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Comets Or Meteorites Crashing Into A Planet Could Produce Amino Acids, 'Building Blocks Of Life'

Researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Kent discovered, under the right circumstances, a comet, with its icy nucleus and surface of dust and debris, colliding into a planet could lead to the creation of amino acids. The process also works when a meteorite crashes into an icy planet. The research was published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

According to the researchers, the resulting shock wave, caused by a comet or meteorite, creates molecules that make up amino acids and the heat from the impact turns those molecules into amino acids. The researchers experimented with this process by firing projectiles from a high-speed gun into icy ...

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