Washington, DC, 1 January 2011-This is an image of organic carbon in a ordinary chondritic meteorite obtained using a scanning transmission X-ray microscope at the Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.

The sample was obtained using a focused ion beam electron microscope (mill).  In this image, carbon is highlighed in red, iron in blue and calcium is green.  The hollow donout structure is ~ 1 micron in diameter and is an object of interest to Scientists at GL and DTM.  The history of the early Solar System is recorded in the molecular structure of extraterrestrial organic solids.

Image provided by George Cody, Conel Alexander, and Larry Nittler.

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