Our staff conducts peer-reviewed research in astromaterials (meteorites, cosmic and interplanetary dust, solar wind, and lunar rocks) and astrobiology.  In our research into fields like mineralogy and petrology, we use state-of-the-art instruments in mass spectrometry, electron microscopy, and spectroscopy to perform analyses ranging from macroscopic characterization to nanoscale examination of the same sample—all in one facility.  Through research we strive to understand the origin and evolution of the solar system, particularly rocky bodies, and the nature and distribution of life in the solar system.