NASA researchers at the Ames' Astrophysics and Astrochemistry
Lab in Mountain View, California have provided the first experimental evidence demonstrating that the sugar in DNA - 2- deoxyribose - can be formed in interstellar space.
Keck Research Laboratory in Astrochemistry
at UH Manoa, the Hawaii team replicated interstellar icy grains coated with carbon dioxide and water, which are ubiquitous in cold molecular clouds, and phosphine.
This production mechanism studied in Professor Giapis' laboratory could be operating in a range of environments and shows the important connection between laboratory studies and astrochemistry
Houtermans (1903-66) was the first to suggest that the source of stars' energy is thermonuclear fusion, and made a number of other important contributions to astrochemistry
is a vibrant and very active astrophysical discipline [67, 208] and nowadays the details of many important atomic and molecular reactions occurring in the ISM are known.
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This makes it an ideal target for OSIRIS-REx to collect loose surface material," said Jason Dworkin, the mission's project scientist and Chief of Astrochemistry
at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
Mr Pickard then introduced the first speaker, Dr Jeremy Yates from University College London, where his research interests include star formation and astrochemistry
, mass-loss from evolved stars, and computational astrophysics.
These incoming photons can also knock molecules from the ice right into the gas phase, says Louis Allamandola of the astrochemistry
division of NASA-Ames.
Travis Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage), co-creator of the image, says IC 342's face-on orientation and close distance of 11 million light-years make it a prime target for modern studies of star formation and astrochemistry
of Exeter) points out that astrochemistry
also draws some of its confusion from these disciplines, and focuses mainly on such fundamentals as the laws of thermodynamics and the origins of life.