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Images: How Did Earth Get Its Ocean?

Before launching his scientific career, Adam Sarafian was a champion pole vaulter in high school and college. (Steven Sarafian)
Adam Sarafian prepares samples of meteorites to remove all contamination from the sample surface in the clean room in WHOI scientist Sune Nielsen’s NIRVANA (Non-traditional Isotope Research on Various Advanced Novel Applications) lab. (Jayne Doucette, WHOI)
Graduate student Adam Sarafian (left) works with his Ph.D. advisor, WHOI geologist Horst Marschall, in the Northeast National Ion Microprobe Facility at WHOI. (Jayne Doucette, WHOI)
Graduate student Adam Sarafian (left) works with his Ph.D. advisor, WHOI geologist Horst Marschall, in the Northeast National Ion Microprobe Facility at WHOI. (Jayne Doucette, WHOI)
A closeup of meteorite samples from the asteroid 4-Vesta after analysis in the Northeast National Ion Microbe Facility at WHOI. (Jayne Doucette, WHOI)
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