1965 - James Gunn and Bruce Peterson use observations of the relatively low absorption of the blue component of the Lyman-alpha line from 3C9 to strongly constrain the density and ionization state of the intergalactic medium
1969 - Lewis Snyder, David Buhl, Ben Zuckerman, and Patrick Palmer find interstellar formaldehyde
1970 - George Carruthers observes molecular hydrogen in space
1977 - Christopher McKee and Jeremiah Ostriker propose a three component theory of the interstellar medium
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