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From Stars to Dust: Looking into a Circumstellar Disk Through Chondritic Meteorites

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Science  07 Jan 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5706, pp. 75-76
DOI: 10.1126/science.1108284

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One of the most fundamental questions in planetary science is, How did the solar system form? In this special issue, astronomical observations and theories constraining circumstellar disks, their lifetimes, and the formation of planetary to subplanetary objects are reviewed. At present, it is difficult to observe what is happening within disks and to determine if another disk environment is comparable to the early solar system disk environment (called the protoplanetary disk). Fortunately, we have chondritic meteorites, which provide a record of the processes that operated and materials present within the protoplanetary disk.

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