Center for Meteorite Studies

Crab_ElementsAt the ASU Center for Meteorite Studies, we are actively studying the isotopic compositions of the most primitive classes of meteorites to better understand the time scales and processes involved in the formation of the first solid grains in the solar nebula, and eventually led to the formation of rocky planets like Earth and Mars (Image credit: NASA/ESA).
 
asteroid breakupAsteroidal meteorites represent some of the most ancient solid bodies to have formed in the early history of the Solar System, approximately 4.56 billion years ago (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech).
 
We are also investigating various short-lived and long-lived radiogenic isotope systems in several classes of differentiated meteorites, such as primitive achondrites, and the HED group meteorites (believed to have originated on the asteroid 4-Vesta), to precisely determine the timing of silicate differentiation and core formation on asteroidal bodies in the early Solar System.
 
MiniSolarSystemAssistant Director Devin Schrader's research involves primitive meteorites unaltered since their formation in the early Solar System, as well as meteorites that were thermally and aqueously altered on their parent asteroid. He utilizes petrographic, compositional, thermodynamic, and isotopic data to constrain the pre-accretionary formation conditions and secondary thermal and aqueous alteration processes of small bodies in the early Solar System. He also provides sample science support for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission.
 
DSCN0501Collection Manager Laurence Garvie’s work focuses on high-spatial-resolution microscopic studies of the primitive chondritic meteorites as a means of understanding the physical and chemical processes that resulted in the formation of the Solar System. His particular interest is in studying the relationship between organic and inorganic components in the carbonaceous chondrites, which can shed light on the abiotic processing of organic matter in the early Solar System.
 

Comments are closed.

Facebook
Twitter
YouTube

Sign Up for Center Updates!

Be the first to learn about CMS events and news; sign up for email updates here!


Postdoctoral Scholar Opportunities!

The Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University invites applications for 2 Postdoctoral Research Associates.  Click here for details!




Meteorite of the Month

Sericho

September's Meteorite of the Month is Sericho, a pallasite found in Kenya in 2016. According to the Meteoritical Bulletin (MB 106, in prep): In 2016, two brothers were searching for …


Upcoming Events

September 2017
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
August 27, 2017 August 28, 2017 August 29, 2017 August 30, 2017 August 31, 2017

New Discoveries Lecture

New Discoveries Lecture
September 1, 2017 September 2, 2017
September 3, 2017 September 4, 2017 September 5, 2017 September 6, 2017

Ask a Curator Day - Sep 13

Ask a Curator Day - Sep 13

Earth and Space Open House

Earth and Space Open House
September 7, 2017 September 8, 2017 September 9, 2017
September 10, 2017 September 11, 2017 September 12, 2017 September 13, 2017 September 14, 2017 September 15, 2017 September 16, 2017
September 17, 2017 September 18, 2017 September 19, 2017 September 20, 2017 September 21, 2017 September 22, 2017 September 23, 2017
September 24, 2017 September 25, 2017 September 26, 2017 September 27, 2017 September 28, 2017 September 29, 2017 September 30, 2017