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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 paper on Martian meteorites

Center Ph.D. candidate Emilie Dunham is first author on a new paper published in the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science, examining two basaltic Martian meteorites found in Antarctica. The goals of this study were to determine whether meteorites LAR 12095 and LAR 12240 were part of the same fall, as well as how they formed […]

Earth & Space Open House - April 5

Join the Center for Meteorite Studies and School of Earth and Space Exploration for Earth & Space Spring Open House!   Friday, April 5, from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM on the ASU Tempe Campus   Open House: Visit the Meteorite Gallery on the second floor of ISTB4, and touch real meteorites! From 7:30 PM […]

Sun Devil Giving Day - March 21

March 21 is Sun Devil Giving Day – 24 hours to show the world what you can accomplish when you join forces to support Arizona State University!   This day of giving is a way for you to support the Center for Meteorite Studies (CMS). Every dollar counts, and your gift helps support our pursuit […]

Allende 50th anniversary

February 8th marks the 50th anniversary of the Allende meteorite fall in Chihuahua, Mexico! Quite possibly the most studied meteorite of all time (referenced in over 14,000 peer-reviewed scientific papers), Allende is a (CV3) carbonaceous chondrite known for its abundant calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions, which provide information on processes in the Early Solar System.  Allende also contains […]

Nininger Meteorite Award Deadline Feb 1

The Nininger Meteorite Award application deadline is February 1, 2019. Applications for the 2018 Nininger Meteorite Award, for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing research in meteoritical sciences, are now being accepted! The Nininger Meteorite Award recognizes outstanding student achievement in the meteoritical sciences as embodied by an original research paper.  Papers must cover original research conducted […]

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