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The Center for Meteorite Studies (est. 1961) is one of Arizona State University’s first-established research institutes. Our mission is to create and share new knowledge in the field of meteoritics and allied disciplines. We accomplish this through:
1. Cutting-edge research on understanding the origin of our Solar System and planets, including the pathways to forming habitable worlds.
2. Curation and distribution of one of the finest meteorite collections in the world.
3. Broad dissemination of the latest scientific results and education at local, national and global scales.


New Center for Meteorite Studies Interim Director

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Devin Schrader has been appointed Interim Director of the ASU Center for Meteorite Studies. Since 2015, Dr. Schrader has served as Assistant Director of the Center for Meteorite Studies and Research Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration.  His research involves the use of petrographic, compositional, […]

Meenakshi Wadhwa ready to lead Earth and space exploration at ASU

Congratulations to former Center for Meteorite Studies Director Meenakshi Wadhwa, who has assumed leadership of ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration! Wadhwa received her doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California at San Diego and then curator at the Field Museum in Chicago before […]

Center doctoral candidate receives NASA award

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Zachary Torrano, recipient of a highly competitive and prestigious Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) award! Zack's proposal, "Using three isotope systems (Cr, Ti, and O) to address two important questions in planetary science via one sample suite of ungrouped chondrites: 3, 2, 1, Go!", was […]

Center doctoral candidate featured on Women Doing Science

Ph. D. Candidate Soumya Ray was recently featured on the Women Doing Science Instagram and Twitter feeds.  The posts include a brief description of Ray's research in the Center for Meteorite Studies and School of Earth and Space Exploration, in addition to photos of her work in both the meteorite collection and laboratory. Women Doing […]

ASU receives the first extraterrestrial mud ball in 50 years

On April 23 at 9:09 p.m. local time, residents of Aguas Zarcas, a small town in Costa Rica, saw a large “fireball” in the sky. The reported fireball was a meteor about the size of a washing machine. As it entered Earth’s atmosphere, it broke apart and rained hundreds of meteorites in and around the small […]

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