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The glove box that held the Moon

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Postdoctoral fellow Nico Kueter writes about the surprising history of a rusty old glove box that housed the very first lunar samples. 


Early indicators of magma viscosity could help forecast a volcano’s eruption style

n May 2018, eruptive fissures opened and deposited lava within the Leilani Estates subdivision on the Island of Hawaii. Over 700 homes were destroyed, displacing more than 2000 people. (credit: B. Shiro, USGS)

The 2018 eruption of Kīlauea Volcano in Hawai‘i provided scientists with an unprecedented opportunity to identify new factors that could help forecast the hazard potential of future eruptions.


Deep Diamonds Contain Evidence Of Deep-Earth Recycling Processes

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 Diamonds that formed deep in the Earth’s mantle contain evidence of chemical reactions that occurred on the seafloor. Probing these gems can help geoscientists understand how material is exchanged between the planet’s surface and its depths.  


Team Co-Led by Johanna Teske Secures Coveted Exoplanet Observation Time on James Webb Space Telescope

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A team co-led by Carnegie astronomer Johanna Teske has officially secured observation time on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)—NASA’s newest space telescope—when it launches later this year. Teske is the co-principal investigator and will be leading the study alongside principal investigator Natasha Batalha (NASA Ames) and their team, which also includes Peter Gao, who will start as a Carnegie staff member this fall, Munazza Alam, who will start as a Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellow this fall, and current staff member Anat Shahar.


Carnegie scientists answer your astronomy questions

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You asked and we answered! Earlier this month our astronomers asked our digital community to submit questions that were out of this world. We received many great questions ranging from the origins of life to the existence of dark matter.


Q&A: What can we learn from the Icelandic eruption?


Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula exploded into the public spotlight after several weeks of seismic activity gave way to a brand new volcano late on March 16, 2021. We spoke with Carnegie volcanologist and geodesist Hélène Le Mével about what we can learn from eruptions like Geldingardalsgos and how this may be the start of a longer period of volcanic activity on the island.