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We Are All Stardust

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 10:29 -- Anonymous (not verified)

When a meteor hits the earth, there is the possibility that it brings something very rare along with it: cosmic stardust older than our Solar System. Dr. Philipp Heck and his team of scientists use a combination of geosciences, chemistry, and astronomy to hunt for these presolar grains, which offer glimpses into our galaxy's past.
Video: We are all Stardust

"Battle Mountain" Meteorite at Field Museum

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 16:03 -- pheck

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.

Meet our Summer 2012 Undergraduate Student Intern Sam

Tue, 09/18/2012 - 16:30 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Sam was one of the seven interns who were working this summer at the Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies. Sam just finished his freshman year at Carnegie Mellon University where he is pursuing a degree in Math and Physics. His responsibility this summer was checking and moving data from our twenty existing databases

Meet our Summer 2012 High-School Intern Evan

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 14:58 -- pheck

Evan is one of five high school interns who spent his summer working at the Field Museum's Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies. Evan is going to be a high school senior. After graduation next year he plans to go to college where he will study paleontology. We are excited that we have inspired him to pursue a career in the earth sciences. He wants to be a curator at a museum and a professor at a university. His job responsibility this summer is to weigh, photograph and repack meteorite specimens in our collection.

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