Philae lander finds 16 organic compounds on comet

Updated 12:54 PM EDT, Fri July 31, 2015

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Discovery supports a theory that the building blocks of life could have been brought to Earth by comets

Philae lander bounced onto the surface of comet 67P in November 2014

ESA says the mission has been extended to next year when the Rosetta orbiter will most likely land on the surface of the comet

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Could life on Earth have been kick-started by a comet strike? A startling discovery by the Rosetta comet-chasing mission has added fresh evidence to suggest that it is possible.

The European Space Agency (ESA), which is leading a consortium that includes NASA, announced that the mission to explore Comet 67P has discovered 16 organic compounds, described as “carbon and nitrogen