Micro-CT scanning enables detailed examination of clasts within lunar rocks

Our @NASA_ARES staff has completed preliminary work on the use of Micro-CT scanning with Apollo samples.  This animation illustrates how we used Micro-CT scanning to obtain detail on a specific basaltic clast within Apollo sample 60639.  As the animation begins you are first looking at the exterior surface of the sample before “cutting in” to look within the sample focusing in on the basaltic clast.  Making the low density portions of the rock transparent gives a better view of the whole clast and other high density clasts and mineral grains (e.g., olivines & pyroxenes) within the sample.  (Animation created through a collaboration between NASA_ARES & Natasha Almeida at the Natural History Museum in London.)

View animation at: https://youtu.be/Lgivyr3kICY



Scientists Gather at the American Geophysical Union (#AGU15) Conference in #SanFrancisco

Scientists from around the world are gathering in #SanFrancisco, #CA for the American Geophysical Union (#AGU) Conference this week, December 14 – 18, 2015. #AGU15 is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world, with ~24,000 attendees this year. The AGU Fall Meeting is a great place to present research, hear about the latest discoveries, trends, and challenges in the field, and network and make connections that can enhance your career.

Attending the conference? Don’t miss all the great sessions including abstracts that authored or co-authored by @NASA_ARES scientists.  List provided below.



POSTERS: Moscone South – Poster Hall


POSTERS: Moscone South – Poster Hall




POSTERS: Moscone South – Poster Hall




POSTERS: Moscone South – Poster Hall



POSTERS: Moscone South – Poster Hall

ORAL PRESENTATIONS: Moscone South – Poster Hall

#ANSMET 2015/16 Team has been busy at #McMurdo Station

What do you do as you wait for your transportation to the Miller Range to begin this year’s search for meteorites?  Well….at McMurdo Station the #ANSMET 2015/16 field team has completed extensive training, gathered food & supplies for their expedition, visited the Long Duration Balloon Facility, and even participated in the McMurdo 10K!  Cindy also shared this neat street view of the Crary Science Center at McMurdo.  Check it out:  https://www.google.com/intl/en_us/maps/streetview/#antarctica/crary-science-center

To read more about this year’s 2015/16 Field Season, go to: http://caslabs.case.edu/ansmet/category/15-16/
(Images courtesy of Case Western Reserve University and the 2015/16 Field team)


2015/16 #ANSMET Team Heading to the Icefields of the Miller Range to Collect #Meteorites

The 2015/16 ANSMET Team expedition site will be the icefields of the Miller Range (look for MIL on map on the left). This site was last visited in 2013/14 field season but has been visited eight previous seasons (‘85, ‘99, ‘03, ‘05, ‘07, ‘09, ‘11, ‘13) in which ~2500 specimens were collected from all those seasons combined. The #NASA_Curation team, especially those from our #Meteorite lab (image bottom right) look forward to receiving the collection from this year’s expedition. Newly collected specimens collected during the 2015/16 field season will be delivered to our lab facility at the NASA Johnson Space Center in the spring. (Satellite View of Miller Range courtesy of Case Western Reserve University)

To read more about this year/s 2015/16 Field Season go to: http://caslabs.case.edu/ansmet/category/15-16/