In recent years, the study of samples from cold, potentially volatile-rich Solar System bodies has increased dramatically. Returned samples from low- or cryogenic-temperature regions are highly sensitive to ambient temperatures, pressures, and materials. In order to maximize the scientific utility of such samples, they must be returned, handled, and stored under conditions that minimize sample alteration and contamination. The Johnson Space Center (JSC) Astromaterials Acquisition and Curation Office (hereafter called the Curation Office) is currently developing the ability to curate cold, volatile-rich samples; this abstract summarizes these efforts for Apollo lunar samples, organic-rich meteorites, comet samples, and lunar polar samples.
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society (MetSoc 2019); Jul 07, 2019 - Jul 12, 2019; Sapporo, Hokkaido; Japan