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The mystery over where complex organics on the moon came from has long baffled scientists.
These organics, found on the lunar surface’s ice pockets, are carbon-based compounds that are the central building blocks to life on Earth.
Some scientists believe that comets, which also have organics, delivered this carbon-laden water to the moon following impact.
Now a new theory by researchers in Hawaii suggests cosmic rays could be helping the moon create these organics from scratch.
Sarah Crites at the University of Hawaii at Manoa told Lindsay Brownell at New Scientist that cosmic rays hitting lunar ice are powerful enough to spark reactions on the surface.
Her team believes that up to six per cent of the simpler molecules in the moon’s polar ice, such as carbon dioxide and ammonia, could be converted into organic compounds, such as methane.
The change would occur after a billion years, which is about a quarter of the moon’s age.
But as well as creating life, cosmic rays can break down complex materials, and scientists are unclear about how long organics could survive in lunar ice pockets.
Organics created in these simulations would need to become even more complex to form life, said Michael Callahan at Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland. [read here]
And for a half-trillion and change we can go watch these central building blocks to life on Earth being the central building blocks to life on the moon. If we can hitch a ride on someone’s rocket ship.
And find a molecule that will cooperate.
EVOLVE, YOU BUG!
Maybe this will shut up all of you bible-thumping creationist bigots once and for all. No god is a greater than the god a billion dollars and a government-financed scientist can create in his or her own mind.
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