June 2016 Issue Table of Contents
About This Issue
Anyone who lives in an arid environment can attest to the seemingly endless task of cleaning dust off furniture. The Elements editorial office is located in sunny eastern Washington (USA) where tumbleweeds and sagebrush are in abundance. And so is the dust. Even though, as contributor Don Brownlee indicated, the dust that quickly coats the editorial office furniture is predominantly not extraterrestrial in origin, it is intriguing to think at that maybe just one or two tiny grains of that dust might just be genuinely cosmic. Not being a specialist in cosmic “anything”, I was amazed to learn from the articles in this issue just how remarkable cosmic dust really is. These tiny cosmic dust particles are recorders of the history of our Solar System, comets, asteroids, planets, and moons. They can also be used to date and understand terrestrial phenomena. And, with the rapid advancement of analytical methods available, the information gleaned from these particles about our cosmic neighborhood (and our home) will only increase in the future. I suspect that the extent of future cosmic dust research will be, as Disney's Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear likes to say, “To infinity … and beyond”. Now, if I can only get as equally excited about cleaning those multiplying dust bunnies… -- Jodi Rosso, Executive Editor
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