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Research Professor Amy Jurewicz is currently conducting research on the recovery and analysis of the Genesis solar-wind collector materials. Solar wind is a direct analog of the early solar nebula, so from its composition we will glean insight into how our Solar System formed. Genesis is a NASA mission which collected solar wind sample for two years, prior to a hard landing in Utah during the return to Earth.
 
Left: Artist’s conception of the Genesis spacecraft in flight with its collectors deployed.
 
Jurewicz’s research focuses on measuring Fe and Mg abundances in the bulk solar wind. However, she is additionally working with members of the Genesis science team and the NASA Johnson Space Center Genesis curatorial staff on a variety of other tasks, including technique development and standardization, sample surface preparation, and outreach activities.