August 1, 2011

Molecular Oxygen Detected in Space

Rebecca Boyle, Popular Science


NASA

Astronomers are finding more and more of life’s key ingredients in deep space, from amino acids to a huge water reservoir, and now molecular oxygen.

Teams working with the Herschel Space Telescope have confirmed finding O2 in the Orion nebula, the first time scientists have been able to pinpoint the crucial yet simple molecule.

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