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Science  02 Sep 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5740, pp. 1467
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5740.1467c

Cloaked by an atmosphere teeming with methane, carbon monoxide, and many other molecules, Saturn's hefty moon Titan is an astrochemist's dream. But interesting compounds also linger elsewhere in space, as you can see at The Astrochymist created by David Woon of the Molecular Research Institute in Mountain View, California. Two tables summarize the molecules researchers have detected on our solar system's planets and moons. The tally for Titan, for example, stands at 14—more than twice as many as on Mars. Other listings furnish similar information about stars, comets, and interstellar space. The site also offers a news archive and an “astromolecule of the month” feature that profiles examples such as the reactive cyclopropenylidene, which might spawn other space compounds.

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