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Philae makes some organic discoveries on Comet C-G67P

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posted on Jul, 30 2015 @ 07:37 PM
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Science Magazine has published a Special Report into the findings of COSAC's mass spectrometer on the comet C-G67P and has found evidence of organic compounds frozen into the substrate of the comet – some of which could be used in the possible formation of organic life on suitable planets. As yet, no amino acids have been found, but not all of the instruments have been functioning.

If you have a subscription to Science you can read the Special Report here

Or a summary from the BBC here
There's also a short video news item here




posted on Jul, 31 2015 @ 12:44 AM
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It would be a bigger surprise if they weren't. Organic compounds are everywhere.



posted on Jul, 31 2015 @ 10:53 AM
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Yes, of course they are. I was trying a little social experiment in posting this topic, but I'm afraid it failed. Dismally!



posted on Aug, 4 2015 @ 11:19 AM
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Surprised this hasn't gotten more attention as the findings of clumps of organic compounds add another hint we are not alone.

this means that, early in the Solar System's history, organic compounds had already clumped together in the form of grains, and not just as small molecules trapped in the ice as was previously thought. The introduction of such grains into planetary oceans could have led to the emergence of life.
www.sciencedaily.com...




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posted on Aug, 4 2015 @ 05:37 PM
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It would be interesting to find out where and when 67P originated so we can determine the age of those organic compounds. For example, carbon has only been around for about 8 billion years (if the Big Bang Theory is correct) so if there are no carbon-based compounds on the comet it could suggest that this is older than 8 billion years old. Personally, I would prefer that it was younger and yielded more compounds and perhaps an amino acid or two!



posted on Aug, 6 2015 @ 12:17 AM
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originally posted by: gortex
a reply to: 321Go

Surprised this hasn't gotten more attention as the findings of clumps of organic compounds add another hint we are not alone.

this means that, early in the Solar System's history, organic compounds had already clumped together in the form of grains, and not just as small molecules trapped in the ice as was previously thought. The introduction of such grains into planetary oceans could have led to the emergence of life.
www.sciencedaily.com...




Because it's a lot like saying water in the ocean was found to be wet.



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