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Are there 'pockets of life' on the MOON?

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 Scientists believe six per cent of the simpler molecules, such as carbon dioxide, could be converted into organic compounds, such as methane.
The process takes a billion years and organics created in these simulations would need to become even more complex to form life.
 

Now a new theory by researchers in Hawaii suggests cosmic rays could be helping the moon create these organics from scratch.

Sarah Crites at the University of Hawaii at Manoa told Lindsay Brownell at New Scientist that cosmic rays hitting lunar ice are powerful enough to spark reactions on the surface.

Her team believes that up to six per cent of the simpler molecules in the moon's polar ice, such as carbon dioxide and ammonia, could be converted into organic compounds, such as methane.

The change would occur after a billion years, which is about a quarter of the moon's age.





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