Our Cosmic Heritage of Complex Molecules

  title={Our Cosmic Heritage of Complex Molecules},
  author={Jonathan I. Lunine},
The evolution of matter in the cosmos includes the production of elements which, over time, produces carbon and other heavy elements needed to form planets and life. The overall physics of the process and the environments in stars where carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen are formed are generally fairly well understood. It is carbon's particular properties of chemical bonding along with its high abundance that make it especially suited as the foundation for life. Over 120 organic molecules are found… CONTINUE READING