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Cold Clouds and Water in Space DLESE Reviewed Collection
This article from Astrobiology Magazine reports on the discovery of water in "cold" regions of space. Using data from the European Space Agency's Infrared Space Observatory, astronomers have determined that water is abundant in these cold, or quiescent regions of space where there are no stars, and that the majority of it occurs as ice with a small amount of water vapor. It is thought that these cold regions of space might be the future birthplaces of low-mass stars like our own sun. Links to other related sites are provided and a Spanish translation is available.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Journal article
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and Other Restrictions Information is Unknown
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-382
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about sci. / tech.
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Nature of science
    • 9-12:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Origin and evolution of the universe
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Nature of scientific knowledge
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Editor: Helen Matsos
NASA Astrobiology Magazine