Our group seeks to understand the origin of the Solar System in the broader context of the local Galaxy through analyses of extraterrestrial materials (rocks and dust from asteroids and comets, circumstellar and interstellar grains, and samples of the solar wind).

We are a part of the Physics Department and the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, and collaborate closely with the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

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Lunar & Planetary Science Conference Abstracts

Today is one of the most exciting/stressful days of the year — LPSC abstract deadline day! Our group submitted a lot of great abstracts today — covering topics ranging from the Sun to the asteroid belt to distant supernovae. Tomorrow is commonly known as the least productive day in planetary science.

New NASA Grant: I-Xe Dating

Olga Pravdivtseva was awarded a NASA grant to use the iodine-xenon radiometric chronometer to investigate the formation and alteration of components in the CK and CV carbonaceous chondrites. Olga is one of the world’s experts in this technique which provides us with exquisite time resolution to understand processes in the early Solar System. With these measurements, it …