Organic Compounds in Meteorites

Science  23 Nov 1973:
Vol. 182, Issue 4114, pp. 781-790
DOI: 10.1126/science.182.4114.781


Organic compounds in meteorites seem to have formed by catalytic reactions of CO, H2, and NH3 in the solar nebula, at 360° to 400°K and (4 to 10) x 10-6 atm. The onset of these reactions was triggered by the formation of suitable catalysts (magnetite, hydrated silicates) at these temperatures. These reactions may be a source of prebiotic carbon compounds on the inner planets, and interstellar molecules.