50 Years Back, scientists Captured their first glimpse of amino acids in outer space

Mino acids at a meteorite — Science News, December 5, 1970

[Researchers] current evidence for the existence of amino acids of the potential extraterrestrial source at a meteorite that fell near Murchison, Victoria, Australia, Sept. 28, 1969. … If over time that their discovering becomes approved… it might show that amino acids, the basic building blocks of proteins, may be and have been shaped out the Earth.

Researchers confirmed in 1971 who that the Murchison meteorite comprised amino acids, chiefly glycine, which those organic chemicals probably came from outer space (SN: 3/20/71, p. 195). In the years since amino acids and other chemical precursors to life have been discovered in other fallen area rocks. Recent discoveries include chemicals known as nucleobases and sugars which are crucial elements of DNA and RNA. The amino acid glycine has been seen in outer space at the air of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Such findings reinforce the thought that life may exist elsewhere in the world.