---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <noozguru@...> wrote :

 On 11/18/2014 11:49 AM, salyavin808 wrote:


 ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com mailto:FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, 
<s3raphita@...> mailto:s3raphita@... wrote :
 The Philae lander has detected organic molecules on the surface of its comet, 
scientists have confirmed. The compounds were picked up by a German-built 
instrument designed to "sniff" the comet's thin atmosphere.
 OK - so organic molecules aren't life as we know it, but they were found on a 
measly comet. Pity we've lost the phone connection - just when the conversation 
was getting interesting.
 Cool! That's just the sort of thing it was after. Just think, they'll be more 
than 3.5 billion years old and the very same stuff that we are ultimately made 
of, sitting on a comet all that time. That's my sense of perspective satisfied 
for the day. Cheers!
 And apparently, they think Philae might come back to life when it gets closer 
to the sun. So maybe there's more..

 So what happens when a chunk of a comet with some molecules in it hits the 
earth, is able to survive the entrance to the atmosphere and decides this is a 
new cool place to live? _

 We're only talking the building blocks, assemblages of atoms not actual life. 
Left to their own devices somewhere nice and warm for a few hundred million 
years and they might make it to bacterial levels of complexity. Or they might 
not. But they definitely did it here or we wouldn't be having this 
conversation. Cool stuff.

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