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LPI/JSC Joint Working Group
Sample Handling Training Opportunities: Fourth Training Session


Announcing the Fourth Hands-on Training in
Handling and Manipulation of Small Extraterrestrial Samples!

Training Location and Date —

Hands-On Training:  Handling and Manipulation of Small Extraterrestrial Samples is a two-day training session that will be held at NASA Johnson Space Center (lab training) in Houston, Texas on October 23-25, 2019.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All participants must be at NASA JSC for badging by 12:00 p.m. October 23 in order to obtain NASA JSC badging that afternoon.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria —
  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or citizens of any country with a current U.S.-approved travel visa are eligible.
  • Hands-on lab training limited to 4-6 participants to ensure personalized attention in a small group setting.
  • Priority consideration will be given to candidates with demonstrated need and strong likelihood of applying new knowledge and skills.
  • Candidates must use the online application form to apply.

Travel support may be available for early-career researchers with a demonstrated need.

Background —

Many current and future extraterrestrial sample collections do and will consist of small particles — less than 100 micrometers across — and these can be challenging to work with. Such samples include Earth-collected cosmic dust, returned comet and interstellar samples from Stardust; and returned asteroid samples from the Hayabusa and OSIRIS-REx missions. In this training, the attendees will receive hands-on training in manipulation and micromanipulation of comparable small samples, learning from the experts at the Astromaterials Acquisition and Curation and Astromaterials Research Offices of the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division, Johnson Space Center (JSC).

Purpose —

ARES/JSC and the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) will share this expertise with the planetary science community via these training sessions to stimulate innovative investigations of the invaluable collections of extraterrestrial materials curated by ARES/JSC.

Collections curated at ARES include:

  • Apollo and some Luna samples of the Moon
  • Hayabusa asteroid particles
  • Cosmic dust collected in the stratosphere
  • Comet and interstellar samples returned by the Stardust mission
  • Samples of solar wind returned by the Genesis mission
  • Space-exposed hardware with micrometeorite impacts
  • Meteorites collected in Antarctica by the ANSMET expeditions



October 23 - afternoon Participants arrive in Houston and obtain one-day badges at NASA JSC security, Bldg. 110
Informal dinner at local establishment.
October 24 Day 1: Training at NASA JSC
8:30 a.m. Convene at LPI, Introductions, transport to ARES Bldg. 31
Morning session Training, ARES Bldg. 31
Noon Lunch TBD
Afternoon session Training, ARES Bldg. 31
Dinner Group dinner, TBD
October 25 Day 2: Training at NASA JSC
8:30 a.m. Convene at LPI, transport to ARES Bldg. 31
Morning session Training, ARES Bldg. 31
Noon Lunch TBD
Afternoon session Training, ARES Bldg. 31

The application form is closed.

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