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Presolar history recorded in extraterrestrial materials

Ann N. Nguyen and Scott Messenger
Presolar history recorded in extraterrestrial materials
Elements (February 2011) 7 (1): 17-22


Extraterrestrial samples include a rich variety of materials with different histories. Among the array of Solar System materials are tiny grains with extremely anomalous isotopic compositions--records of nucleosynthetic processes that occurred deep within their now extinct parent stars. The isotopic and mineralogical characterization of these presolar grains in the laboratory provides unprecedented insight into stellar and galactic evolution, nucleosynthesis, and dust formation and processing. The discovery of presolar grains has opened up a pivotal new dimension in the field of astrophysics. Coupled with astronomical observations and astrophysical studies, stardust analyses bring nanometer-scale detail to the history of our immense Galaxy.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 7
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Presolar history recorded in extraterrestrial materials
Affiliation: NASA, Johnson Space Center, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Directorate Robert M. Walker Laboratory for Space Science, Houston, TX, United States
Pages: 17-22
Published: 201102
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 32
Accession Number: 2011-028230
Categories: Extraterrestrial geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201116
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