Messengers in Space: Comets and the Rosetta mission. Interview with Guillermo Muñoz Caro

The mission of the ESA of the Rosetta and Philae probes has revealed that in comets there are organic molecules essential for the origin of life. The investigations have served to know more about the origin of the comets. They also reinforce the theory that the basic 'bricks' of life (amino acids, simple sugars such as ribose and nitrogenous bases) were formed in the protoplanetary disk dust at the beginning of the Solar System, where radiation energizes atoms to form simple organic molecules and then more complex.

Does this mean that the 'bricks' of life are as old as the Solar System or even more? Did these 'bricks' come to Earth with the bombing of comets and meteorites? If the prebiotic organic molecules of the planets arose in interstellar dust clouds, could they have done the same thing in many other places in our galaxy?

These are some of the questions answered by Dr. Guillermo Muñoz Caro, CAB researcher in an interview for FOROS21.


 

Fuente: UCC-CAB

 

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