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The cosmic water trail uncovered by Herschel

19 Sep 2017, 15:07 UTC
The cosmic water trail uncovered by Herschel ESA/Herschel/NASA/JPL-Caltech

During almost four years of observing the cosmos, the Herschel Space Observatory traced out the presence of water. With its unprecedented sensitivity and spectral resolution at key wavelengths, Herschel revealed this crucial molecule in star-forming molecular clouds, detected it for the first time in the seeds of future stars and planets, and identified the delivery of water from interplanetary debris to planets in our Solar System.

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