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Astronomers Discover Water in Space DLESE Reviewed Collection
This article describes how astronomers from the European Space Agency (ESA) have discovered thermal emission lines from interstellar water vapor using the spectrometers aboard ESA's Infrared Space Observatory (ISO).
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Atmospheric science
  • Space science
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Cost / Copyright:
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Copyright 1995 - 2004 European Space Agency. Any paper published based on ISO data should contain the following text, as a footnote to the title. "Based on observations with ISO, an ESA project with instruments funded by ESA Member States (especially the PI countries: France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom) and with the participation of ISAS and NASA."
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-296
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
        • Origin and evolution of the universe
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Prof Peter Clegg
European Space Agency