This newsletter announces the availability of 116 new meteorites from the 1994-1996 collections. Most notable among the new meteorites are 4 special chondrites (GRO95551, PRE95410, 411, 412), 2 carbonaceous chondrites (GRA95229 and PRE95404), and 1 achondrite (eucrite GRO95633). Also included is a redescription of Lodranite GRA95209.
Changes in Phone and E-mail
Please note that our area code and e-mail are changing. Our area code has changed to 281 (from 713). JSC is in the process of changing over our e-mail system. Our new addresses are listed on p. 11. At this date Judy has already transitioned, but Marilyn and Cecilia are still at the old
addresses. Our web site will have the current information.
ALH84001 Dominates MPL Work
Since the announcement of possible evidence for life in martian meteorite ALH84001 last summer, work related to that sample has dominated efforts by the curation staff. Between extra panel meetings, organic
contamination control, and lots of allocations to new PIs, we've all been working at a feverish pace. The ALH84001 curation story will be told in gory detail next month when we publish a special newsletter. Meanwhile, the rest of the meteorite world doesn't stop and neither do we. There was a regular MWG meeting with allocations in March, and 390 new meteorites arriving from Antarctica in April. We've tried to do some of everything, with allocations the first priority, but we are behind our usual schedule. We apologize for any delays caused by the ALH84001 feeding frenzy. As a special onetime offer, because this newsletter is late, we'll relax the sample request deadline for this newsletter to August 29. We expect to be back to our normal routine this fall and then will again expect
everyone else to be prompt as usual.