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Published: January 14, 2014

Terry Boudreaux donates unique meteorite to the Field Museum

Philipp Heck, Associate Curator, Integrative Research Center

The meteorite, named Northwest Africa 7325, was found in Southern Morocco in early 2012 and likely comes from an asteroid in the space between Mars and Jupiter. The rock has puzzled scientists, leading one to speculate that it comes from the planet Mercury; however most researchers find this claim weak due to lack of evidence. This rock is an ungrouped achondrite and comes from a planetary body that has not been sampled before. Its study will enhance our picture of the diversity of planets in our solar system, and help better understand the formation of the planets, including Earth.

Thanks to private collector Terry Boudreaux the Museum has now access to this incredibly rare and scientifically valuable rock. Another specimen of NWA 7325 is on loan from Boudreaux that will go on exhibit in about a year from now. Boudreaux, a friend of the Museum, has donated many meteorites in the past.


Philipp Heck

Philipp R. Heck is the Robert A. Pritzker Associate Curator of Meteoritics and Polar Studies at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, IL. He is also an Associate Professor (part time) at the University of Chicago's Department of the Geophysical Sciences and the College, and a member of the Chicago Center for Cosmochemistry.

As the curator in charge and head of the Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies, Philipp R. Heck oversees the collection of meteorites, the largest meteorite collection housed at a private research institution. Other responsibilities include the curation of the gem, mineral, rock and economic geology collections.

Visit the website of the Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies for more information.