Meteorite Studies (BCMS) personnel recently participated in the fall meeting of the NASA-chartered Extraterrestrial Materials Analysis Group (ExMAG).
ExMAG is a community-based, interdisciplinary group that provides a forum for discussion and analysis of matters concerning the collection, curation, and analysis of extraterrestrial samples, including planning future sample return missions.
The virtual meeting focused on NASA funding and facilities, the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) program, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) initiatives, the Decadal Survey, upcoming sample return mission concepts, and data archiving. The meeting also included a poster session on sample recovery efforts and curatorial and sample analysis facilities. The BCMS collection was represented in the poster session, as was the ongoing work of BCMS Assistant Research Scientist Dr. Amy Jurewicz on the archiving of solar wind samples returned by the NASA Genesis spacecraft.
Center Director Dr. Rhonda Stroud and Assistant Research Scientist Dr. Jemma Davidson are both executive committee members of ExMAG; Davidson is currently ExMAG Vice Chair and Stroud is Chair of the Microparticle Subcommittee.
As Vice Chair, Davidson coordinates content for the ExMAG bi-annual meetings, including identifying critical topics of community interest, such as providing support for ongoing meteorite recovery efforts via ANSMET and the need to enhance IDEA initiatives in the planetary science community.
Stroud discussed “Sample Analysis in the Decadal Survey” and “Comet Sample Return” at the meeting, and also chaired the “Sample Return Mission Concepts” session that showcased upcoming mission concepts that could return samples from comets, the Moon, Mars, and asteroid Ceres.
Click on the links below to view virtual posters presented by BCMS researchers at ExMAG.
Garvie L. A. J., Schrader D. L., Davidson J., Hines R., and Stroud R. M.
Current State of the Buseck Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University [#3012]. Click here to view.
Allton J. H. and Jurewicz A. J. G.
Extension of Genesis Curation: Enabling Science with an Archive of Standards, Implants, and Flight-like Materials [#3013]. Click here to view.