NSN Webinar: NASA

NSN Webinar: NASA's Astromaterials Collections

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  • Target Audience
  • Teen, Adult
Images: NASA/Michael Zolensky (Dr. Zolensky on the left)

The NASA Night Sky Network welcomed Dr. Michael Zolensky from NASA's Johnson Space Center to its monthly webinar series on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. 

Dr. Zolensky talked about NASA’s Astromaterials Collections which range from Apollo Moon rocks, to Antarctic Meteorites, to samples from a comet and more!  Our curation facilities, at the NASA Johnson Space Center, house NASA past and future extraterrestrial samples.

About Michael Zolensky

Michael Zolensky works on the characterization of the chemical weathering record of asteroids and primitive mineralogy of comets. He is currently leading efforts to locate and characterize aqueous fluid inclusions in astromaterials. He has led or participated in successful meteorite recovery expeditions on four continents and developed techniques for characterization of meteoroid and space debris impact features on spacecraft. Zolensky has also led the effort to characterize the impact record of the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) satellite and developed new techniques for the analysis of microparticles. He led sample analysis teams for the Stardust comet coma dust return mission, and the Hayabusa asteroid regolith sample return mission. Now he is on the Hayabusa2 mission science team, which is developing the next generation of astromaterial sample handling and analysis protocols.

The NASA Night Sky Network outreach toolkit Space Rocks! has many activities to engage visitors at local events.  One of the Night Sky Network's most popular activities, Meteorite or MeteorWrong? is included in the toolkit.  In this hands-on activity, visitors can learn all about meteorites: where they come from, how they got here, and what they are made of. Compare the characteristics of meteorites and Earth rocks in this engaging activity.  Can your visitors figure out which of the rocks are the true meteorites...and which are the meteorwrongs?

Last Updated: March 27, 2019

 

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NSN Webinar: NASA's Astromaterials Collections

The NASA Night Sky Network welcomed Dr. Michael Zolensky from NASA's Johnson Space Center to its monthly webinar series on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Dr. Zolensky talked about NASA's Astromaterials Collections which range from Apollo Moon rocks, to Antarctic Meteorites, to samples from a comet and more! Their curation facilities, at the NASA Johnson Space Center, house NASA past and future extraterrestrial samples.

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