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ALMA detection and astrobiological potential of vinyl cyanide on Titan

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Recent simulations have indicated that vinyl cyanide is the best candidate molecule for the formation of cell membranes/vesicle structures in Titan's hydrocarbon-rich lakes and seas. Although the existence of vinyl cyanide (C2H3CN) on Titan was previously inferred using Cassini mass spectrometry, a definitive detection has been lacking until now. We report the first spectroscopic detection of vinyl cyanide in Titan's atmosphere, obtained using archival data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/s...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1126/sciadv.1700022

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Palmer, MY More by this author
Cordiner, MA More by this author
Charnley, SB More by this author
Teanby, NA More by this author
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through the Goddard Center for Astrobiology
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American Association for the Advancement of Science Publisher's website
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Science Advances Journal website
Volume:
3
Issue:
7
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Article: e1700022
Publication date:
2017-07-28
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ISSN:
2375-2548
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pubs:713203
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uri:d99d6ca3-2887-464d-a984-0e5ff04700f3
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uuid:d99d6ca3-2887-464d-a984-0e5ff04700f3
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pubs:713203
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English
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