The chemical conditions on the parent body of the Murchison meteorite: some conclusions based on amino, hydroxy and dicarboxylic acids.

@article{Peltzer1984TheCC,
  title={The chemical conditions on the parent body of the Murchison meteorite: some conclusions based on amino, hydroxy and dicarboxylic acids.},
  author={Edward T. Peltzer and Jeffrey L. Bada and Gordon Schlesinger and Stanley L. Miller},
  journal={Advances in space research : the official journal of the Committee on Space Research},
  year={1984},
  volume={4 12},
  pages={69-74}
}
Amino and hydroxy acids have been identified in the Murchison meteorite. Their presence is consistent with a synthetic pathway involving aldehydes, hydrogen cyanide and ammonia in an aqueous environment (Strecker-cyanohydrin synthesis). From the various equilibrium and rate constants involved in this synthesis, four independent estimates of the ammonium ion concentrations on the parent body at the time of compound synthesis are obtained; all values are about 2 x 10(-3) M. Succinic acid and beta… CONTINUE READING
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