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Rocks from space reveal early solar system processes such as planet formation. 

Collections-based research is vital to the exploration of space and a better understanding of our origins. Part of our mission is to make meteorite samples, and images and data about those samples, available for research by scientists throughout the world. Mineral thermodynamics is the theory- and experiment-based complement to our study of meteorite mineralogy and petrology.

  • Condensation of minerals and melts in the early Solar System
  • Chondritic meteorites in 2D and 3D
  • Silicate inclusions in iron meteorites
  • The significance of enstatite-bearing chondritic and achondritic meteorites