The Goddard High-Resolution Spectrograph (GHRS) aboard the () has yielded precision abundance results for a range of interstellar environments, including gas in the local medium, in the warm neutral medium, in cold diffuse clouds, and in distant halo clouds. Through GHRS studies, investigators have determined the abundances of elements such as C, N, O, Mg, Si, S, and Fe in individual interstellar clouds. These studies have provided new information about the composition of interstellar dust grains, the origin of the Galactic high-velocity cloud system, and the processes that transport gas between the disk and the halo. Precision measurements of the interstellar D to H ratio and of the abundances of r- and s-process elements have also provided fiducial reference values for cosmological and stellar evolutionary observations and theoretical models.


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