Discovery of carbonic acid in space, first interstellar molecule with three oxygen atoms

An international team led by the Centre for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA) has discovered the presence of carbonic acid in space, the first interstellar molecule with more than three oxygen atoms and the third carboxylic acid detected to date. Its detection represents a leap in the understanding of interstellar chemical complexity, which may have played a crucial role in the emergence of life.

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