Eight New Molecules Spotted by Telescope
"The first of the many chemical processes that ultimately led to life on Earth probably took place even before our planet was formed. The GBT has taken the leading role in exploring the origin of biomolecules in interstellar clouds,"
- Phil Jewell of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Green Bank, W. VA - Eight new complex, carbon-containing molecules have been found in two interstellar clouds by an international research team using the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope.
This and other discoveries of organic compounds in interstellar space have led researchers to suspect that life could develop elsewhere in the universe without necessarily starting from scratch.