Instrumentation for Studying Space Molecules

When a molecule is studied with an instrument it gives a spectrum that has information characteristic to that molecule. This process is similar to a human being who is fingerprinted. That fingerprint is characteristic of that person, who can be identified by it. Because molecules are as different as people, they can be identified in a similar manner, using spectra instead of fingerprints. Once Professor McMahon and his students have the "fingerprint" of the molecule, they can identify the molecule.

Picture of Instrument Used to Study Space Molecules

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