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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.

Laboratory News

Poster Blowout 2018

Note from the Director:
I would like to thank the Director’s Science Committee for putting on an amazingly successful event where scientists and engineers across Goddard shared their work and made new contacts. The interdisciplinary interactions were especially exciting and crossed all four science disciplines.

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What Gives the Great Red Spot Its Color?

The source of the Great Red Spot's distinctive color remains a mystery, but work done in the Astrobiology Analytical Lab suggests that ammonium hydrosulfide salt could play a role.

Astrobiology Analytical Lab in Science News

In Goddard's Astrobiology Analytical Lab, identification of extraterrestrial molecules begins with "meteorite tea." Samples come from many sources, including Antarctic meteorite-hunting expeditions.
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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.

Scientists and Staff

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Contact Us

Michele L Smith
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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