Look up at the night sky, away from city lights, and watch as the stars appear. These pinpricks of light are giant balls of burning gas, millions and millions and millions of kilometres away. So far away that it takes the light thousands of years to reach us.This book, published in collaboration with the Natural History Museum, looks at stardust in space - the substance that made the planets, that built the Moon, the stars, the comets, the meteorites and the asteroids - and asks what this dust is and where its journey started.
Monica Grady is a professor of planetary and space science at the Open University in the UK, and one of the world s leading meteorite experts. In addition to studying the finer details of these rocks from space that fall to Earth, she is also interested in the broader implications of her findings, and uses her research to learn more about the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe.