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Building blocks of life spotted on Rosetta’s comet hint at composition of its birthplace

20 Jan 2020, 16:00 UTC
Building blocks of life spotted on Rosetta’s comet hint at composition of its birthplace ESA/Rosetta/NavCam

Observations from ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft are shedding light on the mysterious make-up of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, revealing a mix of compounds thought to be essential precursors to life – including salts of ammonium and a particular type of hydrocarbons.

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