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Our Galactic Neighborhood
The words solar system refer to the sun and all of the objects that travel around it - planets, natural satellites such as the moon, the asteroid belt, comets and meteoroids. Our solar system is part of a spiral galaxy known as the Milky Way. The sun, the center of our solar system, holds eight planets and countless smaller objects in its orbit.

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Jupiter's
Jupiter's "Grand Tack" Reshaped the Solar System
Jupiter, long settled in its position as the fifth planet from our sun, was a rolling stone in its youth.Read More...
Basics of the Analysis Procedure
Basics of the Analysis Procedure
The instruments employed at UCLA, UCSD, and Open University differ in many respects, but each has a method to free the solar oxygen atoms from the collection material, and each uses a mass spectrometer to separate and count the isotopes.Read More...
The Long, Slow Clean-Up
The Long, Slow Clean-Up
The Genesis mission brought important new evidence to scientists working to understand how the solar system formed, but it also brought an unprecedented challenge.Read More...
One Step Closer to Earth's Genesis
One Step Closer to Earth's Genesis
Kevin McKeegan's announcement at the 2008 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference that the pattern of oxygen isotopes on the Sun differs greatly from that of Earth took many planetary scientists by surprise.Read More...
The Sun Under Lock and Key
The Sun Under Lock and Key
Where do you think you would find the world's most valuable collection? You can make an awfully good argument for the Astromaterials Curation Labs at Johnson Space Center. That is where NASA keeps the Genesis solar wind samples, and much more.Read More...
The Big Question -- The Reason for the Genesis Mission
The Big Question -- The Reason for the Genesis Mission
Where did the world come from? An immense gas cloud, peppered with atoms made by stars, squeezed itself together so tightly that its center ignited into a nuclear furnace and became our sun. The remaining bits and pieces of the cloud, known as ...Read More...
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Jupiter's "Grand Tack" Reshaped the Solar System
Jupiter, long settled in its position as the fifth planet from our sun, was a rolling stone in its youth.Read More...
Basics of the Analysis Procedure
Basics of the Analysis Procedure
The instruments employed at UCLA, UCSD, and Open University differ in many respects, but each has a method to free the solar oxygen atoms from the collection material, and each uses a mass spectrometer to separate and count the isotopes.Read More...
The Long, Slow Clean-Up
The Long, Slow Clean-Up
The Genesis mission brought important new evidence to scientists working to understand how the solar system formed, but it also brought an unprecedented challenge.Read More...
One Step Closer to Earth's Genesis
One Step Closer to Earth's Genesis
Kevin McKeegan's announcement at the 2008 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference that the pattern of oxygen isotopes on the Sun differs greatly from that of Earth took many planetary scientists by surprise.Read More...
The Sun Under Lock and Key
The Sun Under Lock and Key
Where do you think you would find the world's most valuable collection? You can make an awfully good argument for the Astromaterials Curation Labs at Johnson Space Center. That is where NASA keeps the Genesis solar wind samples, and much more.Read More...
The Big Question -- The Reason for the Genesis Mission
The Big Question -- The Reason for the Genesis Mission
Where did the world come from? An immense gas cloud, peppered with atoms made by stars, squeezed itself together so tightly that its center ignited into a nuclear furnace and became our sun. The remaining bits and pieces of the cloud, known as ...Read More...
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