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Rosetta Probe

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The time is coming near! One of this probe's missions will be to seek the presence of amino acids, previously detected spectroscopically on comets.

It's amazing to think that amino acids (building blocks of life) may form from basic elements on comets hurtling at many thousands of miles per hour through a sterile environment of bombarding radiation at close to absolute zero - are we saying that these destructive agents are the unlikely catalysts for life? What beautiful irony!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28460702
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Re: Rosetta Probe

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Correction...the amino acid Glycine has previously been `collected' from a comet, using cells that were exposed to the cometary coma...

...for details see: http://science.gsfc.nasa.gov/691/analyt ... la2009.pdf
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