This newsletter announces the availability of 194 new meteorites, mostly from the 1994 ANSMET collection. It also announces the first 8 meteorites from the 1995 collection. Included among these samples are 3 irons, 2 mesosiderites, 2 carbonaceous chondrites, 3 type 3 ordinary chondrites and 6 achondrites (1 ureilite and 5 HED). The most unusual is diogenite GRO95555. It has the mineralogy of a diogenite, but its unbrecciated, unshocked granular texture is unique. Stay tuned to our web page for further information.
NASA announced last week that Antarctic meteorite ALH84001 contains possible evidence of past life on Mars. The evaluation of these findings will no doubt occupy our scientific community in the months and years to come. This meteorite was reclassified as martian in 1993 and subsequent studies showed it to be unusual in its ancient age and relatively large carbonate weathering products. Our web page contains lots of information on martian meteorites and ALH84001. Stay tuned to the web for updates and plans for allocation and future studies.
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After 18 years in curation at JSC Robbie Score left us in May for a new job with Antarctic Support Associates in Denver and McMurdo. Robbie was involved in setting up meteorite processing at JSC. She worked as a processor and later became meteorite lab manager and MWG Secretary. She was well known to the meteorite community and helped many researchers formulate requests and select samples. Robbie's last meteorite description appears in this newsletter. She left us something else to remember her by. One of the field team members mentioned that Robbie was the one who picked up martian meteorite ALH84001 in Antarctica. Now Robbie is a celebrity who has appeared in newspapers, radio and TV. We miss her already and wish her all the best in her new job.
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