Rosetta Probe Philae Discovers Organic Molecules

November 18, 2014 3:59 AM

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Rosetta Probe Philae Discovers Organic Molecules

The Philae space probe was powered down earlier than expected, but not before an instrument discovered an organic compound that was first detected in the comet’s atmosphere, the Wall Street Journal exclusively reported Monday. The find is extraordinary since the organic compound contains the carbon atom -- one of the fundamental parts of sustaining life on Earth.

Further research is being conducted to see if there are complex compounds like amino acids or simple ones like methane and methanol. All of them are considered to be the “building blocks” for proteins.

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