NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Discovers 'Building Blocks' Of Life In Icy Space Clouds
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States said on Monday that its James Webb Space Telescope has discovered an in-depth inventory of the "deepest, coldest ices measured to date in a molecular cloud".
The telescope was able to peer into a cloud that is 630 light years away and find not only simple ices like water, but also frozen forms of a wide range of molecules like carbonyl sulfide, ammonia, and methane, to the simplest complex organic molecule, methanol.
"This is the most comprehensive census to date of the icy ingredients available to make future generations of stars and planets, before they are heated during the formation of young stars," NASA said in its press release.