Sample Requests, Allocations and Loans
Sample request proposals are reviewed by the Meteorite Working Group (MWG), or the NASA Curator, both of which presents its findings to the Meteorite Steering Group (MSG). In considering allocation requests, MWG and the Curator assess the scientific content of the proposal, capability of the proposers, availability of requested samples, and the realism of the investigation. MWG also weigh the overall merit of the proposal against the required amount of sample. The MWG consists of nine scientists with diverse expertise within meteoritics. The findings of the MWG and/or the Curator must then be approved by the MSG, which is a three-person committee with representatives from NSF, NASA and the Smithsonian Institution.