The James Webb Space Telescope will be the largest space observatory built to date. The authors of today’s paper suggest one possible use for the giant new telescope: Searching for signs of life on other planets.
How can we find other pale blue dots? Today’s paper studies what could be the most time-effective way to search for Earth-like exoplanets, just by looking at their colors.
Can life on exo-worlds build its own habitable environment in extremely unfavourable conditions?
How and where did the first organic molecules emerge? Sophisticated chemistry models for the synthesis of amino acids within planetesimals can help us to decipher these mysteries.
Amino acids were possibly brought to Earth by meteorite impacts, which contaminated the young environment with organic compounds. However, where and how did these most basic ingredients of life form in the first place?
Advanced observational tools such as ALMA allow the detection of complex organic molecules – the building blocks of life. However, how and where they are formed is still unknown.