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Organic Chemistry of MeteoritesStudies of the molecular structures and C,N,H-isotopic compositions of organic matter in meteorites reveal a complex history beginning in the parent interstellar cloud which spawned the solar system. Incorporation of interstellar dust and gas in the protosolar nebula followed by further thermal and aqueous processing on primordial parent bodies of carbonaceous, meteorites have produced an inventory of diverse organic compounds including classes now utilized in biochemistry. This inventory represents one possible set of reactants for chemical models for the origin of living systems on the early Earth. Evidence bearing on the history of meteoritic organic matter from astronomical observations and laboratory investigations will be reviewed and future research directions discussed.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Chang, S.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Morrison, David
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1994
Subject Category
Meeting Information
207th ACS National Meeting(San Diego, CA)
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 185-52-22
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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