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ERDC’s Microscopic Analysis

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Susan Taylor, Ph.D., research scientist at the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (center) works with the Dartmouth College Electron Microscope Facility to examine extraterrestrial material from comet Wild 2 collected by NASA’s Stardust mission. NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are continuing to work with the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) to collect extraterrestrial materials (cosmic dust) from the clean Antarctic air. ERDC’s Taylor developed the first classification system for micrometeorites (a subset of cosmic dust), and found that particle textures are linked to atmospheric entry heating. She also discovered the first micrometeorites from the asteroid Vesta. 

ERDC conducts research and development in support of the soldier, military installations, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ civil works mission, as well as for other federal agencies, state authorities and municipal authorities, and with U.S. industries through innovative work agreements. ERDC has a staff of approximately 2,100 federal employees and contractors, and an annual research program exceeding $1 billion.

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