Organic life found by Philae Lander on the comet? For approximately 60 hours the Philae lander module had captivated the world as it scoured and probed the surface of the asteroid named as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It deftly gathered any obtainable comet material and matter for analysis. On Monday it was reported that before the Philae lander’s batteries had become incapacitated , it had relayed a report to earth, detailing the status of the mission and cataloging the results of its collections. The most startling substance discovered were the organic molecules that had been obtained from 67p’s nucleus.
The Philae lander and its mother unit called Rosetta were the brainchild of the European Space Agency and was launched from a facility in French-Guiana; ten years ago in early March of 2004. At its conception, it was destined to be hurdled through the cosmos in hopes of arriving safely in the vicinity of comet 67p. The Philae lander would then forever part ways with the Rosetta space craft and attempt to secure its self on to the face of the comet.Then after it had arrived on the massive and hulking space body, it was to complete its mission and probe the central area or nucleus of the comet for minerals and elements that could be analyzed and subsequently utilized to shed light on the mystery that is the Universe. The mission was considered to be a complete success and will forever be known as the first non-impact, man-made object to touch-down on a comet’s nucleus.
The nucleus region where the lander obtained the specimens of organic molecules, is noted to be the most central surface area of the comet and consisting of ice, rock, dust and frozen gases.
The organic molecules that were discovered on comet 67p are in no way, shape or form a definite sign that life exists out in the cold, black recesses that is space, it only proves that meteors can transport carbon based organic molecules.
It is true that organic molecules when arranged in complex structures are used in the building and creation of life, but at this point in time no information has yet to be publicly released as to what the specific elements are and the complexity of the organic molecules . The microscopic discoveries that the Philae lander had made in its short life span were in no way small and with the accumulated data produced from the mission scientists can now peer even further into the origins of life on earth.