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A Preliminary Assessment of the Organic Content of Interplanetary Dust ParticlesInterplanetary dust particles (IDPs) collected from the Earth's stratosphere by NASA have been shown to contain significant quantities of organic matter. Anders suggested that organic matter contributed by IDPs to the surface of the Earth may have been important for the origin of life. As part of our ongoing effort to characterize the organic carbon in IDPs, we have now compared the absorption strengths of organic features in IDPs to their strengths in meteorites and standards to estimate the concentration of each organic functional group in IDPs.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Flynn, G. J.
(State Univ. of New York Plattsburgh, NY, United States)
Keller, L. P.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Wirick, S.
(State Univ. of New York Stony Brook, NY, United States)
Jacobsen, C.
(State Univ. of New York Stony Brook, NY, United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2003
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Science XXXIV
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
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