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ROSINA-DFMS detection of phosphorus

Date: 27 May 2016
Satellite: Rosetta
Copyright: K. Altwegg et al. (2016)

Spectrum indicating phosphorus (P) detection, along with other gases, on 26 October 2014. Phosphorus is a key element in all living organisms. It is found in DNA, RNA and in cell membranes, and it is used in transporting chemical energy within cells for metabolism.

Details about the detection can be found in the article Rosetta's comet contains ingredients for life, and in the scientific paper by K. Altwegg et al., published in Science Advances.


Last Update: 27 May 2016

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