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Periodic Table of the Elements: Origins of the Elements

The periodic table organizes all the known elements by atomic number, which is the number of protons in each atom of the element. This version of the table, which draws on data compiled by astronomer Jennifer Johnson from Ohio State University, shows our current understanding of how each element found on Earth was originally produced. Most of them ultimately have cosmic origins. Some elements were created with the birth of the universe, while others were made during the lives or deaths of stars. The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will help us understand the cosmic era when stars first began forming. The mission will help scientists learn more about how elements were created and distributed throughout galaxies.


Scott Wiessinger (KBR Wyle Services, LLC): Illustrator
Ashley Balzer (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Science Writer
Jennifer Johnson (Ohio State University): Scientist
Francis Reddy (University of Maryland College Park): Advisor
Ashley Balzer (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Illustrator
Claire Andreoli (NASA/GSFC): Public Affairs Officer
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GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version