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Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory - Equipment

Missions

Apollo (ANGSA)

We are studying samples from the Moon collected by Apollo astronauts, some that have never been opened before.

Stardust

We studied samples collected from comet Wild 2 and detected the glycine, methylamine, and ethylamine.

Hayabusa

We are studying grains returned from asteroid Itokawa for amino acids.

Hayabusa2

We will be studying samples returned from asteroid Ryugu and helping coordinate the international preliminary examination team for soluble organics.

OSIRIS-REx

We helped contamination testing of the flight system, mission science management, and will perform analyses on the samples to be returned from asteroid Bennu.

Curiosity/SAM

We helped with ground testing for the chemical derivatization system and contribute to data interpretation and analysis of samples analyzed on Mars.

ExoMars/MOMA

We assisted with ground testing and will and contribute to data interpretation and analysis of samples analyzed on Mars.

Mars Sample Return

We contribute to preserving the sample integrity of the sample to be returned from Mars to maximize the science output of the campaign.

Research Consortia

Goddard Center for Astrobiology Laboratory for Agnostic Biosignatures

Astrobiology Research Coordination Networks

Prebiotic Chemistry and Early Earth Environments Consortium (PCE3) Network for Life Detection (NFoLD)
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