Astromaterials Curation

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The Astromaterials Acquisition and Curation Office is responsible for the curation of extraterrestrial samples from NASA's past and future sample return missions. Our mission includes the documentation, preservation, preparation, and distribution of samples from the Moon, asteroids, comets, the solar wind, and the planet Mars.

Moon rock and soil sample during collection
Lunar Sample Collection
Hayabusa spacecraft collecting samples of Asteroid Itokawa
Hayabusa Sample Collection
Scientist working with sample in Curation lab