Scientists find cosmic factory for making building blocks of life

The researchers learned that when a comet impacts a planet, the ensuing shock wave produces molecules that make up amino acids.

Scientists find cosmic factory for making building blocks of life

Science Recorder | Jonathan Marker | Monday, September 16, 2013

Researchers from the UK’s University of Kent, Imperial College London, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory discovered a “cosmic factory” that produces amino acids - the building blocks of life – when a rocky meteorite impacts a planet with an ice-covered surface, or when an icy comet impacts a rocky planet, according to a To continue reading, subscribe to Science Recorder today.

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