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Search for organic compounds in the lunar dust from the Sea of Tranquillity

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https://doi.org/10.1126/science.167.3918.760

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Abstract

A sample of lunar dust was examined for organic compounds. Carbon detected in concentrations of 157 micrograms per gram had a δ13C per mil (PDB) value of + 20. Treatment with hydrochloric acid yielded hydrocarbons of low molecular weight, suggesting the presence of carbides. The gas chromatogram of the acylated and esterified derivatives of the hydrolyzate was similar to that obtained for the Pueblito de Allende meteorite. There were no detectable amounts of extractable high-molecular-weight alkanes, aromatic hydrocarbons, isoprenoid hydrocarbons, normal alkanes, fatty acids, amino acids, sugars, or nucleic acid bases. Traces of porphyrins were found, perhaps arising from rocket exhaust materials.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Search for organic compounds in the lunar dust from the Sea of Tranquillity
Series title:
Science
DOI:
10.1126/science.167.3918.760
Volume:
167
Issue:
3918
Year Published:
1970
Language:
English
Publisher:
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Description:
3 p.
First page:
760
Last page:
762