Cassini has made a surprising detection of a molecule that is instrumental in producing complex organics within the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. In a new study published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, scientists identified what are known as "carbon chain anions." These linear molecules are understood to be building blocks of more complex molecules, and might even have acted as the basis for the earliest forms of life on Earth.
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