Zapping simulated space ice with imitation starlight makes the ice act more like a liquid than a solid, meaning similar ices in space might be good places for organic chemistry.
There was an experiment conducted with artificial space ice and starlight. The conclusions were incredible. When simulated ice was put together with imitation starlight, the ice changed to a liquid like form. It looked almost like flowing champagne with plenty of bubbles. And that is not all. All of it was put together to explain how life was formed in outer space. The interesting conclusions came from extrapolation of a lab experiment. It replicated space like substances and created an environment which is very similar to what is in seen in the cosmic sky. Ice was observed at varying temperatures and the results were noted. Let’s look into the actual experiment.
The ingredients of the experiment were water, ammonia and methanol. All three together were used to form ice, similar to what could be found in space. Comets and clouds typically have these substances and the experiment was a perfect simulation. The ice was then placed under ultraviolet rays. These rays were similar to what a star would throw up in space. The ice is between ‒263° Celsius and ‒258° C when it is made. As it becomes warmer, around 213° C, it became delicate solid. When it went down further 5 degrees, there were bubbles. But when it reached ‒123° C, the ice became super solid again. As the temperature reached between ‒185° C and ‒161° C, the ice turned thick liquid. It looked like honey. This was the turning point of the experiment. This liquid state of ice was conducive to growth of life. It helped form ribose, part of RNA structure. RNA can inturn be responsible for DNA formation. And all of it together can form life.
If this experiment is extrapolated to outer space, it tells us all about origin of life. All the conditions in the experiment were similar to real life outspace.
In a nutshell, when the temperature is low, different molecules can come together to form ice. This ice, if present in space, interacts with starlight and changes form. The liquid form could then be responsible for forming RNA components. And that explains origin of life in a number of ways. The mystery about how organisms were born, is explained by this incredible experiment.