Pathways to Habitable Worlds
Astrochemistry is the study of the chemical processes which occur in interplanetary and interstellar space. We are interested in the very building blocks of planets, and ultimately life, and want to understand what the "starter mix'' is for both.
Our approach is to actually reproduce some of the critical chemical processes that occur out in space in a laboratory. Most of these processes are only understood in a very basic, theoretical, way - we want to see them for ourselves and thereby lay the foundation science for the first steps along the pathway to planets and life.
We have plans to construct a unique laboratory facility for these investigations, which will let us do interstellar chemistry "in a bottle''.
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