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Full View of Asteroid Vesta: As the Dawn spacecraft travels to its next destination, this mosaic synthesizes some of the best views the spacecraft had of the giant asteroid Vesta.

Welcome to the Astrochemistry Laboratory at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. We are located in Greenbelt, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC, in NASA's first science center, where our scientists are part of the world's largest Earth and space science research organization. These pages will introduce you to people on the frontiers of exploring the chemistry of the cosmos. Information about our work also is here, along with scientific data and links to original publications.

Press Releases & Feature Stories

NASA’s LRO Spacecraft Captures Images of LADEE’s Impact Crater

10.28.2014
NASA’S Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has spied a new crater on the lunar surface, made by the impact of NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer mission.

MAVEN Ultraviolet Image of Comet Siding Spring’s Hydrogen Coma

10.23.2014
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft captured an ultraviolet image of hydrogen surrounding comet Siding Spring. The cloud was about a half degree across, comparable in size to Earth’s moon as seen from Earth.

NASA-led Study Sees Titan Glowing at Dusk and Dawn

10.22.2014
New maps of Saturn’s moon Titan reveal large patches of two trace gases shining brightly near the north pole, on the dusk side of the moon, and near the south pole, on the dawn side.

LRO Finds Widespread Evidence of Young Lunar Volcanism

10.12.2014
Scores of distinctive rock deposits seen by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter provide strong evidence the moon’s volcanic activity slowed gradually instead of stopping abruptly a billion years ago.

Electric Sparks May Alter Evolution of Lunar Soil

08.21.2014
Severe solar storms could generate enough electric charge in the top layer of the lunar surface to crack moon dust and may have changed the very nature of the moon's polar soil.
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Overview

Members of the Astrochemistry Laboratory conduct remote sensing, in situ, and direct sample-return measurements, as well as observations, modeling studies, and laboratory experiments to better understand chemical processes in astrophysical and planetary environments. Laboratory personnel also develop X-ray, gamma ray, and neutron instrumentation for planetary missions.

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Michele L Smith
301.286.3902
Administrative Assistant [691]

General inquiries about the scientific programs at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center may be directed to the Office of Public Affairs at 1.301.286.8955.

                                                                                                                                                                                        
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