It is in dense clouds of interstellar dust, gas, and ice like these nebulas that new stars and planetary systems are formed. Scientists at NASA-Ames have shown that amino acids are produced when ices in these clouds interact with ultraviolet light. Amino acids are critical components in the chemistry of life on Earth and their presence in interstellar clouds where new stars form would raise the odds that life may get started on other planets in the universe.(Please see 3 nebulas images below)
The Carina nebula.
The Eagle nebula.
The Trifid nebula.
Two of the amino acids produced in the interstellar ice simulations.
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