The goal of the Laboratory Analysis of Returned Samples (LARS) Program is to maximize the scientific return from the samples provided by missions such as Genesis, Stardust, and Hayabusa through development of laboratory instrumentation and advanced analytical techniques required for the complete analyses of the samples they return.

    Proposals solicited under this program include those that:
  • seek to develop new analytical instrumentation or combinations of analytical instruments, or new components of analytical instruments, leading to significant improvements in the precision, resolution, or sensitivity of measurements compared to the existing state of the art.
  • development of new analytical techniques for existing instrumentation that will push the limits of current technology.
  • seek to develop analytical capabilities for future sample -return missions.