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Photos of the Day: Searching Space Dust for Life's Ingredients

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 9:36am
Bill Steigerwald, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

This photo compares the sample size typically used in meteorite studies (yellow oval) to the sample size used with the new equipment (blue circle) in Goddard's Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory. Image Credit: Michael Callahan

Read: New Technique Could Be Used to Search Space Dust for Life's Ingredients

This equipment is used by Goddard's Astrobiology Analytical Lab to analyze very small samples. On the right is the nanoelectrospray emitter, which gives sample molecules an electric charge and transfers them to the inlet of the mass spectrometer (left), which identifies the molecules by their mass. Image Credit: Michael Callahan

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