Abiotic Formation of Bioorganic Compounds in Space -Preliminary Experiments on Ground and Future Exobiology Experiments in Space-
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Simulation experiments on ground have shown that "amino acid precursors", which give amino acids after acid-hydrolysis, can be formed when an ice mixture simulating ice mantles of interstellar dust particles (ISDs) is irradiated with high energy particles or UV light. It is strongly suggested that such bioorganic compounds were delivered by comets for the first biosphere on the Earth. It is of great interest to confirme this hypothesis in actual space conditions, such as in an exposed facility of JEM. Fundamental designs for such exobiology experiments in earth orbit (EEEO) will be discussed.
- Biological Sciences in Space
Biological Sciences in Space 12(2), 102-105, 1998-06
Japanese Society for Biological Sciences in Space