Who among us has not asked, "Where did I come from?" This question is usually one about life, but behind it are scientific questions about the material of which we are made, the atoms and molecules of our bodies. The answer to the question "Where did the matter we are made of come from?" is not so easy to find. There is a whole series of related questions that are involved in understanding the cycles that matter goes through as the universe and the structures within it evolve.
A little history...
Cosmicopia was created in 1997 as a means to share the science of the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) mission with the public. Much of the original structure and content were based on a brochure about the mission and its scientific aims and interests. You can view the ACE brochure in PDF format (5 MB).
The site was originally named the Cosmic and Heliospheric Learning Center, in reference to the wealth of content about cosmic rays and heliospheric science. The name was changed to Cosmicopia in 2005, to provide the site with a title that is short and appealing.
What is a Cosmicopia?
The word cosmicopia is a combination of two words:
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