The results aren't too surprising, says Reggie Hudson, an astrochemist
at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
The individuals within that coalition have come and gone over time, but they have included such luminaries as astronomer Carl Sagan, science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, politician Al Gore, JPL advanced-program manager Louis Friedman, astrochemist
and NASA manager Wesley Huntress, NASA Administrator Dan Goldin, and a host of others.
The fact that we see these emissions early on is really good news," says astrochemist
Andrew Mattioda (NASA/Ames Research Center).
Astronomers recognized this object as noteworthy around the year 2000 and have been trying ever since to decide how far along its development is," Martin Cordiner, an astrochemist
working at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and lead author of (http://arxiv.
Eric Herbst of the University of Virginia, who was not involved in the study, agrees.
A particle can go right through the bottom of the mountain, almost as if the mountain weren't there," says Eric Herbst, an astrochemist
at the University of Virginia.
We're trying to understand and attack fundamental chemistry principles," says astrochemist
Anthony Remijan of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, Va.
Those stones fell into a shallow sea about 480 million years ago, when the carbonate-rich sediments that eventually became limestone were accumulating, says Rainer Wieler, an astrochemist
at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.