– The Philae probe has detected organic molecules in the atmosphere of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, according to initial data from the lander. The European Space Agency has confirmed that Philae’s Cometary Sampling and Composition (COSAC) system, one of two gas analyzers on board the lander, was able to “sniff” the comet’s atmosphere and detect organic molecules after landing. Dr Fred Goesmann, COSAC’s principal investigator, told the BBC that the team is still trying to interpret the results.


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