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Since 1961, the Arizona State University Center for Meteorite Studies has amassed and preserved one the world's largest meteorite collections to enable research in planetary science and cosmochemistry, and to inspire students, educators, and the general public to learn about the Solar System and our place in it.

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CMS60 CollageAll year, we’ll post stories of new research initiatives, exciting outreach programs, conservation and growth of the Center’s invaluable meteorite collection.

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Founded on philanthropy

In 1957, Sputnik’s launch put space exploration at the forefront of the American conscience. The following year, Harvey H. Nininger, the famous meteorite hunter and self-taught meteoriticist, sold a portion of his collection to the British Natural History Museum. The Coordinator of Research at Arizona State University, George A. Boyd, was familiar with Nininger's collection […]

Researcher Spotlight: Devin Schrader

Get to know Center researchers with this periodic feature! Dr. Devin Schrader is the Interim Director of the ASU Center for Meteorite Studies (CMS) and an Associate Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE). His research focuses on the study of primitive meteorites that have remained relatively unaltered since they formed in […]

Explore 4.5 billion years of Solar System history

Take a virtual tour of the Center for Meteorite Studies collection, and explore 4.5 billion years of Solar System history!  

Water on Mars

Center Assistant Research Scientist Dr. Jemma Davidson is lead author of a new paper on Mars' water, published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Davidson’s recent work involves tracing magmatic volatiles, specifically hydrogen, in minerals in meteorites and terrestrial analogues to learn about how the terrestrial planets gained their water.  In this new […]

Fall and classification of the Aguas Zarcas meteorite

Center for Meteorite Studies Meteorite Curator Laurence Garvie is featured in a new article published in the journal Science on the meteorite Aguas Zarcas. Aguas Zarcas is a carbonaceous (CM2) meteorite that fell in Costa Rica April 23, 2019. One 280 g (approx 10 oz) piece struck a dog house, and another 1152 g (approx […]