The Astromaterials Acquisition and Curation Office, part of the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division, is responsible for the curation of extraterrestrial samples from NASA's past and future sample return missions. Our mission includes the documentation, preservation and preparation of samples from the Moon, asteroids, comets, solar wind, and the planet Mars. Our highest priority is to secure the future availability of these samples for the worldwide scientific community.
The NASA Astromaterials Curation Office sponsors the following programs that make samples available for use by educational institutions. The typical loan period for samples in these programs is 2 weeks.