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It was announced today that the Rosetta mission, using results from the ROSINA instrument built by the University of Bern, has unambiguously detected both the amino acid glycine (a building block for proteins) and the biologically important element phosphorous. A European Space Agency press release summarise the results, and full details are in the paper “Prebiotic chemicals – amino acid and phosphorous – in the coma of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko” by Katrin Altwegg et al. in the journal Science Advances.
From the 9th August 2016, the Berlin Natural History Museum (Museum für Naturkunde) will host a special exhibition about comets and the Rosetta mission. This exhibition was prepared together with the MiARD project partners DLR (the German Centre for Air and Space) and the Max Planck Society. The MiARD project contributed improved models of the cometary surface (so-called digital terrain models) which were used to create some of the exhibits.
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