INTERACTION OF ATOMIC SILICON AND MOLECULAR HYDROGEN IN THE ENVELOPE OF EVOLVED STARS (ASTROPHYS. J. 2021)

In the atmosphere of carbon-rich (C-rich) asymptotic giant branch stars (AGBs), silicon chemistry plays an important role as is revealed by the detection of silane (SiH4) and organosilicon compounds such as methyl silane (CH3SiH3) and sylil cyanide (SiH3CN). To deepen the understanding on the formation of silicon bearing molecules in…

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INFRA-ICE: SIMULATING THE COSMIC DUST-ICE INTERACTION IN THE INTERSTELLAR MEDIUM (REV. SCI. INSTRUM. 2020)

  The last module of Stardust, INFRA-ICE, is ready! This module is dedicated to simulate the chemistry taking place in the densest regions of the interstellar medium, the so-called dense molecular clouds. As such, INFRA-ICE expands the capabilities of Stardust allowing for the complete journey of cosmic dust to be…

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Mars Mimicking Chamber Explores Habitability of Other Planets

Researchers in Spain have designed a vacuum chamber capable of mimicking conditions on Mars to test gear for use in future missions SOURCE: WASHINGTON, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire A research team in Spain has the enviable job of testing out new electromechanical gear for potential use in future missions to the «Red Planet.» They…

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