Dying stars could seed interstellar medium with carbon nanotubes
Evidence suggests that carbon nanotubes, tiny tubes consisting of pure carbon, could be forged in the envelopes of dust and gas surrounding dying stars. The findings propose a simple, yet elegant mechanism for the formation and survival of complex carbon molecules in space.
Researchers Trace Dust Grain's Journey Through Newborn Solar System
Combining atomic-scale sample analysis and models simulating likely conditions in the nascent solar system, a new study reveals clues about the origin of crystals that formed more than 4.5 billion years ago.
Hitachi Electron Microscopy Scholarship
Congratulations to Abhinav Nishant and Laura Seifert, recipients of the Hitachi Electron Microscopy Scholarship for 2021/2022. Hitachi High Technologies established this award as part of their partnership with the University of Arizona in support of the Kuiper Materials Imaging and Characterization Facility.
$2M Gift Advances UArizona Space Science Initiatives
The gift will enable the purchase of a nanoscale secondary ion mass spectrometer, an instrument the OSIRIS-REx analysis team will use to help find answers to fundamental questions about the origins of the solar system.