Planets and Moons  ID: 11217

Cosmic Ice Lab Studies Reactions Occurring in Deep Space

At the NASA Goddard Cosmic Ice Lab, scientists are studying ice to help us understand the unusual chemical reactions that occur in space. Ice in space is amorphous, lacking the crystalline structure of the ice found on Earth. In space, this ice is often dirty, containing different kinds of particles and organic molecules. Recent discoveries have found that compounds trapped in amorphous ice are involved in a kind of chemistry unlike anything known on Earth. At the Goddard Cosmic Ice Lab, scientists are recreating the conditions of space to study the properties of amorphous ice firsthand. Their research will help astronomers to interpret observations of the far reaches of space, and further our understanding of the potential for the existence life beyond Earth.

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Michael Randazzo (AIMM): Video Editor
Reggie Hudson (NASA/GSFC): Interviewee
Perry Gerakines (NASA): Interviewee
Michael Randazzo (AIMM): Producer
Rob Andreoli (AIMM): Producer
John Caldwell (AIMM): Producer
Reggie Hudson (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Perry Gerakines (NASA): Scientist
Rob Andreoli (AIMM): Videographer
Elizabeth Zubritsky (ADNET): Writer
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G2013-027 -- Cosmic Ice Lab

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