New research from the JPL lab pictured here reveals that early processing of that organic material — a biochemical step needed to ultimately form the building blocks of life — took place in the coldest reaches of our solar system, at colder temperatures than previously thought. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Organics on Ice
Source: JPL press release

In order to understand how life began on Earth, researchers are creating concoctions of organics on ice and zapping them with lasers. The study provides the first look at organic chemistry on icy particles in the frigid reaches of our solar system.

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