How researchers replicate space radiation in the lab: a light source stimulates hydrogen and thus creates energy-rich ultraviolet radiation. Credit: RUB, Damian Gorczany
We usually imagine comet impacts as a threat and not as the source of life. But perhaps they were precisely that. Researchers in Bochum are looking for evidence for this theory.
What chemical processes in space could have created the building blocks of life is being researched by chemists at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) in Prof Dr Wolfram Sander's team. In their experiments, the scientists are simulating the conditions in space to understand in detail how certain chemical reactions occur. They report on the results in the RUB's science magazine Rubin.