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The MegaSIMS Laboratory is one of the ground instruments performing analysis on the samples retrieved from the Genesis Mission. Utilizing the technique of mass spectrometry, the laboratory aims at finding clues of the origin of the solar system by comparing isotopic analysis of solar dust particles to that of the elements found on Earth. One element in particular, Oxygen, is believed to be indicative of the solar system's evolution and differentiation, thus becoming the highest priority of the researchers in the laboratory.

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Located in the Geology building of the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA), the MegaSIMS is operated by researchers from the Department of Earth and Space Sciences in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the rest of the Genesis Team.


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