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This week primary author Dr. Arevalo along with co-authors from MClass lab and associates published an article in Nature Astronomy. The article is titled "Laser desorption mass spectrometry with an Orbitrap analyser for in situ astrobiology" and can be found at this link:

See a related interview about the article with Dr. Arevalo here: Small laser device can help detect signs of life on other planets (

And a briefing written by Soumya and Grace!

Nature Astronomy Research Briefing
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This week, M-Class had two new students join the lab. Megan Perry is from Massachutesetts and will be studying the geochemistry of moon. Lucas Andrews is from Florida and will be studying spaceflight instrumentation will relevance to solar system bodies. Both will be advised by Dr. Arevalo and Dr. McDonough. We are very excited to see what our new students do!

This week, Dr. Ben Farcy, Dr. Arevalo, and Dr. McDonough won a 3.2 million dollar grant to fund their work on the PLASMA instrument. Read more below!

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