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astrochemistry

(ass-troh-kem -iss-tree) The study of the chemistry of celestial bodies and of the intervening regions of space. It involves the detection and identification, principally by spectroscopy, of the inorganic and organic chemicals present and the study of the reactions by which these neutral and charged atoms and molecules could have been produced and of future chemical processes. See also molecular-line radio astronomy.

astrochemistry

[¦as·trō′kem·ə·strē]
(astronomy)
The science that applies the principles of chemistry to matter in space.
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When Louis Allamandola, an astrochemist based at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.
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The cross section is an important number planetary scientists, astrochemists and the astrophysics community need for models regarding the fate of water on comets, moons, asteroids, other airless bodies and interstellar grains," said Thomas Orlando, the Georgia Tech professor who led the study.
New laboratory techniques have allowed astrochemists to measure the characteristic patterns of such radio frequencies for specific molecules.
Although astrochemists have found organic molecules in space before (SN: 5/1/04, p.
That bias gave way several years ago, when astrochemists discovered molecules of ammonia and formaldehyde containing two deuterium atoms, adds Lis.
Astrochemists have discovered another organic chemical in the same region of space where other researchers had identified the first extraterrestrial sugar (SN: 6/24/00, p.