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Scientists announce they have detected the origins of one of the most vital building blocks of life

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S⁣cientists announce they have detected the origins of one of the most vital building blocks of life | Space Science Video Meme
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⁣"In a study [ https://www.eso.org/public/arc....hives/releases/scien published Wednesday in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, scientists announce they have detected the origins of one of the most vital building blocks of life — phosphorus. Their work inches us one step closer to unlocking the mystery of life on Earth, and how chemicals formed in stars ended up on our planet.

The paper details how phosphorus-bearing molecules formed in star-forming regions, and how it may have been delivered to Earth onboard rocky comets during our planet’s infancy.

New observation showed that phosphorus was locked on the dust grains that formed the 67P comet since before the formation of the Sun.

If comets similar to 67P crash-landed on Earth billions of years ago, they may have carried phosphorus-bearing molecules along with them. Those tiny seeds may have contributed to the origin of life on Earth" [Article by Passant Rabie on #Inverse]

This animation of NAVCAM images follows the spacecraft’s approach to the comet from a distance of about 800 km on 1 August to a distance of about 62 km on 22 August 2014. The movie is a showcase of over one thousand NAVCAM images released today in ESA's Archive Image Browser: http://imagearchives.esac.esa.int/

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