The organic component in dust from comet Halley as measured by the PUMA mass spectrometer on board Vega 1

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Following the encounter of the Vega 1 spacecraft with comet Halley, the composition of cometary dust has been analysed by mass spectroscopy. Most particles consist of a predominantly chondritic core with an organic mantle composed mainly of highly unsaturated compounds.

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Kissel, J., Krueger, F. The organic component in dust from comet Halley as measured by the PUMA mass spectrometer on board Vega 1. Nature 326, 755–760 (1987). https://doi.org/10.1038/326755a0

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