Philae lander detects organic molecules in comet’s atmosphere

November 18, 2014 8:51 PM

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Philae lander detects organic molecules in comet’s atmosphere

The Philae probe has detected organic molecules in the atmosphere of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, according to initial data from the lander.

The European Space Agency has confirmed that Philae’s Cometary Sampling and Composition (COSAC) system, one of two gas analyzers on board the lander, was able to “sniff” the comet’s atmosphere and detect organic molecules after landing.

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