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Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory

Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory

Two Columns

Archived Presentations

+ Jamie Elsila presents "Cometary Amino Acids from the STARDUST Mission" on December 4, 2009, at the Space Telescope Science Institute.

Press Releases

+ Nucleobases in meteorites, 2011, Early edition of Callahan et al. 2011 + Amino acids in Tagish Lake meteorites, 2011, PDF of Herd et al., 2011
+ Selection of OSIRIS-REx, an asteroid sample return mission with significant participation by this lab in analysis of flight hardware, asteroid samples, and mission management. 2011,
+ Enantiomeric amino acid excesses in more meteorites, 2011, PDF of Glavin et al. 2011
+ Amino acids in the Almahata Sita Meteorite, a PDF of Glavin et al. 2010. See also.
+ TMAH in the SAM instrument to be used for NASA's MSL mission to Mars.
+ Glycine in Comet Wild 2, PDF of Elsila et al. 2009
+ Uracil from Astrophysical Ices, PDF of Nuevo et al. 2009
+ Enantiomeric amino acid excesses in meteorites, 2009, PDF of Glavin and Dworkin 2009
+ Reinvestigation of Stanley Miller's Experiments, 2008, PDF of Johnson et al. 2008
+ Nucleobases in meteorites, 2008, PDF of Martins et al. 2008
+ Amines in Stardust, 2006, PDF of Sandford et al., 2006

Research Themes

We study organic compounds from extraterrestrial samples, lab analogs of extraterrestrial environments, and terrestrial analogs of planetary surfaces.


A central research component is the study of amines and nucleobases in martian and carbonaceous meteorites, and extraterrestrial samples retrieved by air and spacecraft, such as by the Stardust spacecraft.



Value is added to this work by comparing these results to terrestrial analogs of Mars, and laboratory simulations of the formation of the solar system.

+ NASA Goddard Cosmic Ice Lab

The study of the residues remaining after the irradiation of acetonitrile containing ices.

+ NASA Goddard Interstellar Grain Lab

The study of the volatiles and solids generated by Fisher Tropsch type reactions on simulated interstellar grains.

+ NASA Ames Astrochemistry Lab

The study of the residues remaining after the photolysis of cyanide containing ices.

+ Carnegie Institution of Washington Biogeochemistry Group

Stable isotopic analysis of meteoritic organics.

+ Sample Analysis at Mars

Testing of methods and techniques for this instrument suite going to Mars aboard the MSL rover. Like our laboratory instruments, this suite has a mass spectrometer at the heart.

More humerous presentations of the science is below:

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Meteorite Market
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The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Gold, Frankincense and Mars - Guy Consolmagno
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The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
This Just In - Piece of Tail
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The Most Recent NASA Project and its Implications for Scientific Research! - Catch a Rising Star
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