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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.


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 […]

Team finds tiny fragment of a comet inside a meteorite

Center Research Scientist Dr. Jemma Davidson is part of a team that discovered a carbon-rich fragment inside the primitive asteroidal meteorite, LaPaz Icefield 02342, found in Antarctica.  The team was led by the Carnegie Institution for Science's Larry Nittler, and the discovery was recently published in Nature Astronomy. Read the article in Nature Astronomy here! […]

2018 Nininger Meteorite Award winners announced

The ASU Center for Meteorite Studies is pleased to announce that Jonathan Lewis, a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow at Johnson Space Center is the recipient of the 2018 Nininger Meteorite Award, and Zachary Torrano, a Ph.D. Candidate in the ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration received an Honorable Mention for the award. The Nininger […]

New ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration director selected

Professor and cosmochemist Meenakshi Wadhwa has been selected as the new director for Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration beginning in July of this year.  “Professor Wadhwa is an outstanding scholar with a proven record of scientific leadership, particularly at NASA,” said Nancy Gonzales, dean of natural sciences in The College of […]

Center student receives Graduate Excellence Award

We are pleased to announce that Ph.D. Candidate Soumya Ray has been granted a Graduate Excellence Award by ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Science. The college recognizes outstanding graduate students who have been nationally acknowledged through funded fellowships, scholarships, and grants. Eligible students receive funds to advance their research and are recognized at an […]

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