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Founded in 1960, the Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University is home to the world’s largest university-based meteorite collection. The center pursues new knowledge about the origin of our planetary system through the study of meteorites, in part, so that we may understand the pathway to forming habitable worlds.
With tens of thousands of samples, the center offers educational opportunities for students, educators, and the general public that expand awareness and understanding of the science of meteoritics. In support of its research and education activities, the center pioneers cutting-edge conservation approaches for its existing meteorite collection, while also seeking new, significant meteorite samples. In so doing, samples from the collection may be made accessible to the public and scientific community.