Far from home, have we met our smallest cousin?
BY NIGEL HAWKES, SCIENCE EDITOR
AN ENCOUNTER far beyond Mars has given a boost to
scientists who believe that life on Earth may have begun in
A spacecraft has found complex carbon-based molecules
drifting in the solar system more than 150 million miles
from Earth. They are far larger than any previously
The results from the Stardust craft have excited scientists
such as Sir Fred Hoyle, who has long believed that tiny
extra-terrestrial life forms "seeded" the planets. Other
experts say that more research is needed.
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