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HIFI is the Heterodyne Instrument for the Far-Infrared spectrometer on the Herschel Space Observatory. It was designed to observe water in a wide variety of objects, and aims to study not only planet-forming discs and star formation, but also galactic evolution. Its capability for highly detailed chemical identification of individual atoms and molecules makes it the instrument of choice for studying chemistry throughout space, particularly around embryonic and dying stars.

Related publications
M. Hogerheijde, et al., "Detection of the Water Reservoir in a Forming Planetary System", 2011, Science, Vol. 334 no. 6054 pp. 338-340. DOI: 10.1126/science.1208931

05 Oct 2011 - Herschel finds first evidence of Earth-like water in a comet


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