Training Events

Small Sample Handling

Small Sample Handling Workshop

Dates: June 4–6, 2024
Location: Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Mode: In person
Description: Hands-on training in micromanipulation of small-scale astromaterials.
Application Deadline: March 29, 2024

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Modern SEM Techniques

Modern SEM Techniques Workshop

Dates: August 12–14, 2024
Location: LPI, Houston, TX
Mode: In person
Description: Theoretical and hands-on training in electron imaging and X-ray spectroscopy for application to planetary samples.
Application Deadline: May 17, 2024

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Isotope Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry

Dates: September 10–12, 2024
Location: Houston, TX
Mode: In person
Description: Interactive workshop on applications of isotope geochemistry using thermal ionization mass spectrometry and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry to planetary samples.
Application Deadline: TBD

Itokawa and the Dawn of Asteroidal Sample Return

Dates: January 28–30, 2025
Location: LPI, Houston, TX
Mode: In person and virtual
Description: Invited and contributed presentations on the Hayabusa mission, Itokawa samples, asteroid-meteorite connections, and recent advances in meteor tracking and rapid meteorite recovery. Solicited topics for abstracts and the abstract deadline will be announced at a later date.


To stimulate and enable innovative scientific investigations of the invaluable collections of extraterrestrial materials curated at ARES/JSC and other institutions.

Collections curated at ARES include:

  • Apollo and some Luna samples of the Moon
  • Particles from asteroid Itokawa collected by the Hayabusa mission
  • Cosmic dust collected in the stratosphere
  • Comet and interstellar samples returned by the Stardust mission
  • Samples of solar wind returned by the Genesis mission
  • Meteorites collected in Antarctica by the ANSMET expeditions
  • Samples of asteroid Ryugu collected by the Hayabusa2 mission
  • Sample of asteroid Bennu collected by the OSIRIS-REx mission
  • Space-exposed hardware with micrometeorite impacts

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