Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Organic molecules detected on comet

The Philae lander has detected organic molecules on the surface of its comet, scientists have confirmed.

The carbon-containing 'organics' are the basis of all life on Earth and could give clues to the kinds of building blocks delivered to Earth early on in its history.

The compounds were picked up by a German-built instrument designed to 'sniff' the comet's thin atmosphere.

Philae touched down on the Comet 67P on 12 November after a 10-year journey.