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Methane in outer space: The limit between organic and inorganic

Author(s): I. Valentin Petrescu-Mag | Ioan G. Oroian | Benone Păsărin | Ruxandra M. Petrescu-Mag

Journal: Extreme Life, Biospeology & Astrobiology
ISSN 2066-7671

Volume: 3;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 89;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: origins of life | organic compounds | inorganic | methane | outer space

Methane is the principal component of natural gas, the simplest alkane, and among the mostabundant organic compounds on our planet; it is also found in outer space in enormous amounts. Theextremely abundant and natural occurrence of methane in outer space is a starting point in ourunderstanding as regards the ability of matter to became “more organic”. Hydrogen and carbon werecreated to be together. We wonder… is organic soup of Earth's past only a vague assumption? It isenough to admire the variety and abundance of hydrocarbons in our solar system that we answer thequestion.
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