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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 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.


2020 Nininger Meteorite Award winners announced

The ASU Center for Meteorite Studies is pleased to announce that Clara Maurel, a Ph.D. Candidate in the MIT School of Science is the recipient of the 2020 Nininger Meteorite Award, and Soumya Ray, a Ph.D. Candidate in the ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration received an Honorable Mention for the award. The Nininger […]

New publications

2021 has been a busy year at the Center for Meteorite Studies, and we're excited to share our new research publications with you – we're working on everything from carbonaceous chondrites, to the Solar Wind, to samples returned from asteroid missions! Read on for a selection of new papers published by our researchers, and find […]

Ask a Curator Day – Sep 15

Ask a Curator Day is September 15th!  #Askacurator is open to everyone: Museums, galleries, National Trust, Theatres, and more. You can ask anything that you’re curious about or want more information on. What’s it like to be a curator? How do you decide what to display? What's the strangest object in your collection? More information is […]

Researcher Spotlight: Xeynab Mouti

Get to know Center researchers with this periodic feature! Xeynab Mouti is an undergraduate student at ASU doing research in the Center for Meteorite Studies (CMS) and a 2020/2021 NASA Space Grant Intern alumni. Mouti is studying for a major in microbiology and minors in geological sciences, Arabic studies, and Italian. Her research in CMS […]