“The Biological Cosmos”–Complex Carbon Molecules Form Spontaneously in Space

Orion Interstellar Medium


Life (as we know it) is based on carbon-bearing molecules, and a new discovery shows complex carbon molecules can form and survive in the harsh environment of interstellar space. “In some ways, life can be thought of as the ultimate in chemical complexity,” said Martin Cordiner of the Catholic University of America about NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope confirmation of the presence of electrically-charged molecules in space, pointing toward a strong likelihood for other extremely complex, carbon-bearing molecules arising spontaneously in space.