I am a staff scientist in the
Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution of Washington.
My primary research interests are in the laboratory analysis and scientific implications of extraterrestrial materials, including meteorites and interplanetary
dust particles. I am very interested in presolar grains in meteorites and in the development of new techniques for isotopic analysis and mapping of
small samples. I am actively involved in the analysis of cometary samples returned by NASA's STARDUST mission and solar
wind samples returned by the GENESIS mission.
I also work on X-ray and Gamma-ray spectrometers for planetary missions. I am Deputy Principal Invesigator on the
Science Team for
the MESSENGER mission, which orbited the planet Mercury from 2011-2015.
Dr. Larry R. Nittler
Hermeochemist and Interstellar Dustbuster
Department of Terrestrial Magnetism
Carnegie Institution of Washington
5241 Broad Branch Road, NW
Washington, DC 20015-1305
Tel: +1 202 478 8460
Fax: +1 202 478 8821
Email: lnittler at ciw.edu