Rosetta discovers molecular nitrogen on Comet 67P

March 21, 2015 3:03 PM

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Rosetta discovers molecular nitrogen on Comet 67P

The ESA said the discovery is particularly important because molecular nitrogen has long been considered the most common type of nitrogen available during the formative period of the solar system.

Molecular nitrogen is considered to be the primary source of the chemical element that was incorporated into gas planets. It is also widely found in the dense atmosphere of Titan, Saturn's moon, and the atmospheres and icy surfaces of Triton, Pluto and Neptune's moon, the ESA said.

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