Essential Vitamin B3 May Have Arrived From Space On Meteorites

meteorDid life spring from space residue? Via ScienceDaily:

Ancient Earth might have had an extraterrestrial supply of vitamin B3 delivered by carbon-rich meteorites, according to a new analysis by NASA-funded researchers. The result supports a theory that the origin of life may have been assisted by a supply of key molecules created in space and brought to Earth by comet and meteor impacts.

This is not the first time vitamin B3 has been found in meteorites. In 2001 a team led by Sandra Pizzarello of Arizona State University, in Tempe discovered it along with related molecules called pyridine carboxylic acids in the Tagish Lake meteorite.

The team plans to conduct additional interstellar chemistry experiments under more realistic conditions to better understand how vitamin B3 can form on ice grains in space.

11 Comments on "Essential Vitamin B3 May Have Arrived From Space On Meteorites"

  1. emperorreagan | Apr 18, 2014 at 4:24 pm |

    Is there a phone number for this space acid delivery service? I wouldn’t mind some acid of a different composition and there’s this shed in my backyard that needs to be torn down, so I’m thinking an LSD meteorite is just what the doctor ordered.

    • InfvoCuernos | Apr 18, 2014 at 6:01 pm |

      See? Another use for space elevators.

      • Cortacespedes | Apr 18, 2014 at 6:46 pm |

        Yes, but elevators have a habit of breaking down; and can you imagine having to take the stairs?

        • InfvoCuernos | Apr 18, 2014 at 6:50 pm |

          Actually, think about taking the space stairs back to earth while tripping-as long as there are windows you could check out the view. It might take a while, but it would be pretty cool.

          • Cortacespedes | Apr 18, 2014 at 7:06 pm |

            Bringing whole new meaning to “tripping down the stairs”.

            Snack kiosks would be a “must have” as well.

          • InfvoCuernos | Apr 18, 2014 at 9:12 pm |

            Space tourism alone would pay back the research on this. I know a couple of people were poopooing the space elevator idea before, but have you ever gone done the space elevator-when you’re high?

          • Cortacespedes | Apr 18, 2014 at 11:52 pm |

            It sure would be one helluva engineering feat.

            It would also beat the hell out of whatever implement of war these same engineers would be working on otherwise.

          • it can’t be used to implement war?

            funding terminated. please sign here: here: & here:

          • Cortacespedes | Apr 19, 2014 at 8:11 pm |

            Yep, cause we’re gonna build it in Denmark; sprouting out of Tivoli gardens.

            We’ll crowd-source, thanks anyways government warlords (and Google).

          • Hmmm… Maybe if it’s built in Christiana, that’ll help their pesky pr problem…

            psychedelics and space elevator. make it happen peeps.

        • Rhoid Rager | Apr 18, 2014 at 9:58 pm |

          The journey is more important than the destination!

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