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1998), a few 10−4 for the shocked regions, and decreases to 10−5 –10−6 for the large-scale components. Any realistic model of water for clouds such as Orion has to properly take into account the phenomena described above. The high angular and spectral resolution that will be provided by Herschel will allow us to improve the models for water vapor in Orion. 2. Rotational Water Vapor Lines in Absorption: Sgr B2 Sgr B2 is the most massive cloud in the Galaxy, ∼107 M (Lis and Goldsmith, 1990). This cloud is a paradigmatic object in the Galactic Center region as its geometrical properties, physical conditions and chemical characteristics resemble WATER IN SPACE 41 Figure 7.