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December 07th, 2012

Please check out our blogs and photos from our field work in Antarctica. For our expedition we are part of the Russian Antarctic Expedition and are also collaborating with the Geological Survey of India. Learn more at our Expeditions@FieldMuseum site.

September 28th, 2012

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. 

August 17th, 2012

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.

http://meteorites.fieldmuseum.org/

May 03rd, 2012

The Field Museum will receive a high-quality meteorite from a fireball that exploded over California and Nevada last month. The 4.6-billion-year-old meteorite, donated by private collector Terry Boudreaux, is extremely rare and valuable to science. It weighs about one-third of an ounce (10 grams) and has been tentatively classified as carbonaceous chondrite. 

May 03rd, 2012

Photo gallery from the 2012 members night at the Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies.

May 03rd, 2012

Robert A. Pritzker Assistant Curator of Meteoritics and Polar Studies Philipp Heck and co-authors from the Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry in Germany had their paper on the first isotopic analysis of sulfur-rich comet dust published in the April issue of the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science. The dust was captured during a flyby of Comet Wild 2 by NASA’s Stardust Mission and returned to Earth.

March 08th, 2012

 

Collections and Research Committee Member Terry Boudreaux and fellow meteorite collector Greg Hupé donated a beautifully polished 4.9-gram-slice of a rare, ungrouped achondritic meteorite (NWA 6704) to The Field Museum. The petrology, the elemental and oxygen isotopic composition share characteristics of different meteorite groups and does not allow to group it with any known group.

 

January 05th, 2012

The Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies is proud to announce the newest addition to the meteorite collection.  The newly named meteorite Thika, recently classified as a L6 ordinary chondrite, was donated to the Center by Collections and Research Committee member Terry Boudreaux in mid-September. 

November 04th, 2011

We mourn the loss of Robert A. Pritzker who passed away on October 27th, 2011.  His generosity and passion for science supported research programs at the Field Museum.  

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