Chemistry & Space

Chemistry & Space

Author: ChemistryViews

 A growing compilation of articles on chemistry related to outer space
Learn more about research on the ISS, Mars, or asteroid particles collected at the surface of the Itokawa asteroid, test your knowledge about the Moon, build your own Mars rover, and much more.


A Pathway to Peptides in Space

Research Highlight: A Pathway to Peptides in Space
March 1, 2022
Could life have an extraterrestrial origin?

Clever Picture: Exploring Mars
August 3, 2021
2021 has already added three new Mars expeditions and hopes are high that the first humans will land on Mars in the 2030s

Exploring the Microbiome on the International Space Station (ISS)

Interview: Exploring the Microbiome on the International Space Station (ISS)
June 1, 2021
Kasthuri Venkateswaran and Nitin Kumar Singh on their search for extremophiles and how bacteria support plant growth

Quiz: To the Moon
July 18, 2019
Can you answer these questions about the Moon?

Clever Picture: What Do We Know about the Moon?
July 17, 2019
Learn about the Moon and its exploration

Interview: On the Moon, We Can Look into the Past
July 16, 2019
Professor Ralf Jaumann, German Aerospace Center, talks about research on and about the Moon 

How Amino Acids Formed in the Universe

Interview: How Amino Acids Formed in the Universe
December 1, 2015
Professor Meierhenrich, France, about his involvement in the Rosetta mission and its importance for chemists

Where Does the Water on Earth Come From?
November 30, 2021
Space dust analysis could solve mystery of the origins of Earth’s water

Research Highlight: Interstellar Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons
April 6, 2021
1- and 2-Cyanonaphthalene detected using spectral matched filtering of radio telescope data

Research Highlight: Water Electrolyzer for Mars
January 5, 2021
One of the main challenges for manned Mars expeditions is the need for sufficient oxygen and fuel

Print Your Own Mars Rover
December 19, 2020
ExoMy is a fully 3D printed rover inspired by ExoMars, developed by the European Space Agency (ESA)

Research Highlight: The Origin of Diamonds in Meteorites
October 6, 2020
Micro- and nanodiamonds in ureilite meteorites can be formed by impact shock events

Research Highlight: Could There Be Helium Compounds on Uranus and Neptune?
July 7, 2020
Calculations indicate possible ammonia–helium compounds at high pressure

Microbes Can Survive in a Hydrogen Atmosphere
May 8, 2020
Planets with hydrogen-rich environments might be able to support life

Research Highlight: Titan on Earth – Icy Formation of Polycyclic Organics
November 5, 2019
Aromatics can be efficiently synthesized via galactic cosmic ray exposure of low-temperature acetylene ices on Titan’s surface

Helium Hydride Detected in Space

Helium Hydride Detected in Space
April 27, 2019
Unstable ion detected in the planetary nebula NGC 7027 using an aircraft telescope

Organic Molecules on Mars
June 9, 2018
NASA rover Curiosity detects various organic compounds in Martian rocks

Chocolate Flavor in Space

Chocolate Flavor in Space
February 17, 2018
Chocolate flavonoids (propanol and butanals) formed within the interstellar medium through interaction with ionizing radiation 

Benzonitrile Discovered in Space

Benzonitrile Discovered in Space
January 12, 2018
First time scientists have identified an aromatic molecule in space

First Bose-Einstein Condensate in Space

First Bose-Einstein Condensate in Space
January 25, 2017
Bose-Einstein condensate produced in space and used for interferometry experiments

Comet Orbiter Confirms Presence of Amino Acids

Comet Orbiter Confirms Presence of Amino Acids
May 31, 2016
Glycine, phosphorus, and several organic molecules found in cometary coma

Building Blocks of Life from Space

Building Blocks of Life from Space
April 8, 2016
Ribose, a component of RNA, found in detailed analysis of artificial comet

Faster-than-Light Travel in 50 Years
April 5, 2013
50 years until Zefram Cochrane’s test flight of The Phoenix, Earth’s first warp ship

Studies on Asteroid Dust Collected by a Spacecraft

Studies on Asteroid Dust Collected by a Spacecraft
For the first time, scientists are studying asteroid dust collected directly from a body in the Solar System

Explaining Magnetic Anomalies on the Moon
March 10, 2012
Surprisingly simple explanation to a decades-old scientific puzzle – magnetic anomalies on the moon are the result of asteroid collision

Bulletin: Diamino Acids Found in Simulated Interstellar Ices
March 2, 2012
French researchers have used multidimensional gas chromatography to detect building blocks of genes in artificial cosmos

Chemistry of Exploding Stars
January 29, 2012
Meteorite contains evidence of formation of sulfur molecules derived from the ejecta of a supernova explosion

Ozone Layer Discovered on Venus
October 14, 2011
Venus’ newly discovered ozone layer may help in the search for life on other planets

A Planet Made of Diamond
September 2, 2011
Discovery of a new binary system that includes a planet made of diamond

Research Highlight: Small Molecule, Big Role
February 18, 2011
How the simplest molecule – H2 – governed the cosmological development of our universe


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