"Stunned scientists announced Wednesday the unexpected discovery of large quantities of oxygen on a comet which streaked past the Sun in August with a European spacecraft in tow. The find came as a "big surprise", and challenges mainstream theories on the formation of our Solar System, said scientist Andre Bieler of the University of Michigan. Measurements suggested that oxygen molecules in the comet's gassy halo must have existed "before or at" its formation, he told journalists."
The finding lends support to the idea (currently put forth by exo-planet researchers) that some solar system bodies originate with gas giants like Jupiter.
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