Comet Lovejoy: Sugar and…Alcohol

Researches have long wondered where organic molecules, the building blocks of life on Earth, have come from. We have known that radiation bombarded star dust creates organic molecules in space, but wht of some oft he more complex organic molecules?

A team from Nasa just noticed that Comet Lovejoy was giving away ethanol and basic sugars in it’s tail.

The ability of these basic blocks to accumulate on comets means these basic building blocks can hurtle through space and crash into unsuspecting planets.

That is where life could begin for a planet. The building blocks for DNA have already been found on comets, and with these new ingredients found on Comet Lovejoy we are all set up to wait billions of years worth of chemical reactions to create life.

“But if (and Oh! What a big if!) we could conceive in some warm little pond, with all sorts of ammonia and phosphoric salts, lights, heat, electricity etc., present that a protein compound was chemically formed ready to undergo still more complex changes” – Charles Darwin