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Organic Chemistry: From the Interstellar Medium to the Solar SystemThis talk will review the various types of organic materials observed in different environments in the interstellar medium, discuss the processes by which these materials may have formed and been modified, and present the evidence supporting the contention that at least a fraction of this material survived incorporation, substantially unaltered, into our Solar System during its formation. The nature of this organic material is of direct interest to issues associated with the origin of life, both because this material represents a large fraction of the Solar System inventory of the biogenically-important elements, and because many of the compounds in this inventory have biogenic implications. Several specific examples of such molecules will be briefly discussed.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Sandford, Scott (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Witteborn, Fred C.
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1997
Subject Category
Meeting Information
1997 International Origins Conference(Estes Park, CO)
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 344-37-44-10
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.