Research robot Philae revealed in the plane of the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko molecules of organic products. How are scientists, an unexpected finding was fully able to participate in the origin of life.
According to The Wall Street Journal, 1 from sensors Philae revealed traces of organic life. After the analysis of the atmosphere of the comet in the hands of mankind have been some molecules. Some of them contain atoms of carbon, without which life is impossible.
Scientists conducting the study compounds, while denied to comment. Only after analyzing collected on the comet data it will be possible to understand the structure of these molecules. They can be quite common, such as methane and methanol, or time-consuming - amino acids that make up proteins. In addition, Philae held the 1st drilling the surface of the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko for analysis of soil, but the data will be analyzed.
As we were informed Days.Roux, module Philae space probe Rosetta after a decade of flight landed at kilometer comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko 12 November. In consequence of an unsuccessful landing site Philae was in the shadow, and the batteries aren't getting enough sunlight. The device was without power source before disconnecting he managed to pass on the Earth all the information gathered.
Scientists expect to resume module, when the comet approaches the Sun. With his support, they plan to analyze the chemical composition of the comet's nucleus. Meanwhile, there is a possibility that Philae, will not endure high temperatures.
Comets are huge enthusiasm for science, as they contain relict substance of the Solar system, subjected to minimal changes since its formation about 4.5 billion years ago. The test composition of the comet can answer the question of whether life on Earth is introduced or came on their own. Thanks apparatus Philae researchers for the first time will be able at the same time to study the chemical composition of the atmosphere of the comet and its kernel.
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