Number of Citations

AstroDB: 2024

  1. Fulford, R., et al., 2024, QRIS: A Quantitative Reflectance Imaging System for the Pristine Sample of Asteroid Bennu, arXiv:2402.18674v1 [astro-ph.EP] 28 Feb 2024.
  2. Elsila, J., Aponte, J., McLain, H., Simkus, D., Dworkin, J., Glavin, D., Zeigler, R., McCubbin, F., The ANGSA Science Team, 2024, Soluble Organic Compounds and Cyanide in Apollo 17 Lunar Samples: Origins and Curation Effects, JGR, doi:10.1029/2023JE008133
  3. Hoppe, P. et al., 2024, Isotope studies of presolar silicon carbide grains from supernovae: new constraints for hydrogen-ingestion supernova models, MNRAS, doi:10.1093/mnras/stae1523
  4. Lauretta, D. S., Connolly, H. C., Aebersold, J. E., Alexander, C. M. O., Ballouz, R., Barnes, J. J., Bates, H. C., Bennett, C. A., Blanche, L., Blumenfeld, E. H., Clemett, S. J., Cody, G. D., DellaGiustina, D. N., Dworkin, J. P., Eckley, S. A., Foustoukos, D. I., Franchi, I. A., Glavin, D. P., Greenwood, R. C., … the OSIRIS‐REx Sample Analysis Team. (2024). Asteroid (101955) Bennu in the laboratory: Properties of the sample collected by OSIRIS ‐ REx. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, maps.14227.
  5. Que, X., et al., 2024, OpenMindat v1.0.0 R package: A machine interface to Mindat open data to facilitate data-intensive geoscience discoveries, EGUsphere, doi:10.5194/egusphere-2024-1141
  6. Yui, H., et al., 2024, Pyrrhotites in asteroid 162173 Ryugu: Records of the initial changes on their surfaces with aqueous alteration, GCA, doi:10.1016/j.gca.2024.06.016
  7. Zhang, B., et al., 2024, Compositions of iron-meteorite parent bodies constrain the structure of the protoplanetary disk, PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.230699512

AstroDB: 2023

  1. Bindi, L., Cruciani, G., 2023, Celebrating the International Year of Mineralogy: Progress and Landmark Discoveries of the Last Decades, Springer, 359 pp. IBSN: 303128805X, 9783031288050
  2. Deng, Z., Schiller, M., Jackson, M.G. et al., 2023 Earth’s evolving geodynamic regime recorded by titanium isotopes. Nature, doi:10.1038/s41586-023-06304-0
  3. Frossard, P., Bonnand, P., Moyet, M., Bouvier, A., 2023, Role of redox conditions and thermal metamorphism in the preservation of Cr isotopic anomalies in components of non-carbonaceous chondrites, GCA, In Press, doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2023.12.022
  4. Luo, B., Wang, Z., Song, J. et al., 2023 The magmatic architecture and evolution of the Chang’e-5 lunar basalts. Nat. Geosci. doi: 10.1038/s41561-023-01146-x
  5. Onyett, I.J., Schiller, M., Makhatadze, G.V. et al., 2023, Silicon isotope constraints on terrestrial planet accretion. Nature. doi:10.1038/s41586-023-06135-z
  6. Prissel, K., Fei, Y., Strobel, T., 2023, Feiite: Synthesis, stability, and implications for its formation conditions in nature. American Mineralogist 108 (7): 1315–1321. doi: 10.2138/am-2022-8633
  7. Prabhu, A., Morrison, S.M., Hazen, R.M. (2023). Mineral Informatics: Origins. In: Bindi, L., Cruciani, G. (eds) Celebrating the International Year of Mineralogy. Springer Mineralogy. Springer, Cham. doi:10.1007/978-3-031-28805-0_3
  8. Schweitzer, A., 2023, New Insights into the Petrogenesis of Lunar Basalt Breccia Meteorites from the Dominion Range (DOM) 18543, MS Thesis, Miami University.
  9. Sehlke, A., Sears, D, 2023, The Apollo 17 Regolith: Induced Thermoluminescence Evidence for Formation by a 2 Single Event ~100 Million Years Ago and Possibly the Presence of Tycho Material.JGR – Planets ANGSA Special Issue (not yet published)
  10. Yuan, J., Huang, H., Chen, Y., Yang, W., Tian, H., Zhang, D, Zhang, H., 2023,Automatic Bulk Composition Analysis of Lunar Basalts: Novel Big-Data Algorithm for Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy, ACS Earth Space Chem. 2023, doi:10.1021/acsearthspacechem.2c00260

AstroDB: 2022

  1. Gorce, J., Mittlefehldt, D., Simon, J., 2022,Localized equilibrium and mineralogic effects on trace element distribution and mobility in highly metamorphosed eucrite Elephant Moraine (EET) 90020, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, doi:10.1016/j.gca.2022.08.034
  2. Johnston, S., Brandon, A., McLeod, C. et al. ,2022, Nd isotope variation between the Earth–Moon system and enstatite chondrites. Nature, doi: 10.1038/s41586-022-05265-0
  3. Nicklas, R. W., Day, J. M. D., Gardner-Vandy, K. G., & Udry, A., 2022, Early silicic magmatism on a differentiated asteroid. Nature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/s41561-022-00996-1
  4. Torcivia, M. A., Neal, C. R. ,2022, Unraveling the components within Apollo 16 ferroan anorthosite suite cataclastic anorthosite sample 60025: Implications for the lunar magma ocean model. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 127, e2020JE006799. doi: 10.1029/2020JE006799
  5. Zhang, B., Chabot, N., Rubin, A., 2022, Compositions of carbonaceous-type asteroidal cores in the early solar system, Science Advances, doi:10.1126/sciadv.abo5781
  6. Zhang, D., Su, B., Chen, Y., Yang, W., Mao, Q. Jia, L-H., 2022, Titanium in olivine reveals low-Ti origin of the Chang’E-5 lunar basalts, Lithos, doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2022.106639

AstroDB: 2021

  1. Brugman, K., Phillips, M., Till,. C., 2021, Experimental Determination of Mantle Solidi and Melt Compositions for Two Likely Rocky Exoplanet Compositions, JGR: Planets Special Issue Exoplanets: The Nexus of Astronomy and Geoscience, doi:10.1029/2020JE006731
  2. Vogt, M., Trieloff, M., Ott, U., Hopp, J., Schwarz, W., 2021, Solar noble gases in an iron meteorite indicate terrestrial mantle signatures derive from Earth’s core. Communications Earth & Environment, doi:10.1038/s43247-021-00162-2
  3. Norman, M., Jourdan, F., Hui, S., 2019, Impact History and Regolith Evolution on the Moon: Geochemistry and Ages of Glasses from the Apollo 16 Site, JGR Planets, doi:10.1029/2019JE006053
  4. Xue, Z., Welsh, D., Neal, C., Xioa, L., 2021, Understanding the textures of Apollo 11 high-Ti mare basalts: A quantitative petrographic approach, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, doi:10.1111/maps.13767


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Astromat is developed and operated at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University by a team that has long-term experience in the management of geochemical, petrological, mineralogical, and geochronological laboratory data acquired on physical samples and operates the EarthChem and SESAR data systems.

Our team of domain scientists, geoinformaticians, data curators and software engineers share a passion for the management and stewardship of astromaterials data. With decades of combined experience in data acquisition, data management, database and software system design, and scientific analysis our team aspires to support new and innovative discoveries in planetary sciences. We work closely with our user communities to ensure that we continually optimize our tools and services to meet their needs. We also actively participate in the community of data stewards and cyberinfrastructure specialists to ensure that our systems meet evolving standards for interoperability and information sharing.

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The Astromaterials Data System (Astromat)  is a comprehensive data infrastructure that allows you to access, publish, and preserve laboratory analytical data generated on astromaterials samples. Astromat aims to ensure the long-term value of astromaterials samples data and maximize their impact on scientific discovery and knowledge. 

Astromat is funded by NASA’s Planetary Sciences Division to archive, curate, and disseminate data acquired on samples collected as part of past, present, and future NASA missions and curated by the Astromaterials Acquisition and Curation Office, part of the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Division (ARES) of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. ARES is responsible for the curation of the world’s most diverse, extensive, and precious collection of astromaterials with >250,000 numbered samples of extraterrestrial materials that have been collected and returned to Earth by spacecraft missions or arrived on Earth naturally.

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Astromat aims to advance knowledge derived from astromaterials samples by facilitating discovery, access, publication, attribution, and preservation of laboratory data acquired on astromaterials samples. Astromat goals:

  • Preserve and facilitate the re-use of astromaterials sample data to maximize their utility and impact for the benefit of science, education, and society.
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  • Compilation and restoration of 40+ years of published data from the scientific literature into the Astromat Data Synthesis.
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