The mandate of the Astromaterials Working Group includes the following:

  • to stimulate and encourage collaborative research on astromaterials in Canada
  • to identify and link research facilities and associated expertise in the analysis of astromaterials within Canada, and to link those facilities to others worldwide
  • to provide a forum for the discussion of curation and handling of astromaterials in Canada, in order to maximize their utilization in research
  • to facilitate the classification of new meteorites, especially those recovered in Canada
  • to establish a curation and analysis protocol for the Tagish Lake meteorite
  • to develop an astromaterials road map by identifying the Canadian research capacity (expertise and infrastructure) and its benefits in the context of current and future missions
  • to provide feedback and recommendations to the CSA space science program in the area of astromaterials