On September 24, Collections & Research Committee Member and private meteorite collector Terry Boudreaux donated and loaned specimens of a freshly fallen meteorite to the Museum’s Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies. The meteorite produced a fireball associated with a sonic boom before it hit the ground near Battle Mountain, NV on August 23. The meteorite is tentatively classified as an ordinary chondrite of type L6.
A two day Biosynthesis meeting was held on August 29 & 30, which worked toward the goal of engaging students of partnering institutions to aid in capturing data from scientific collections; thus relieving some of the taxonomic impediment.
The Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies hosts five high-school students and three undergraduate students students this summer. They receive a unique hands-on education with meteorite-related laboratory work and collections management projects. On our website and on our Facebook page we will feature brief presentations of them, their projects and experience at the RAPC.