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Looking for the next ALH84001 September 19, 2010

Posted by Simon in Uncategorized.
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I’ve mentioned previously that the only way the ALH84001 controversy is going to be resolved is by finding more Martian meteorites from the same era, and that Antarctica is the most likely place where they might be found. Here are a couple of blogs from people who have been involved in NASA’s Antarctic meteorite search efforts:

http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/feature_stories/antarctica.asp

http://www.planetary.org/explore/topics/planetary_analogs/ansmet.html

It sounds like brutally hard work – a team of 6 people spend 6 weeks at a time out in remote areas of Antarctica, and they can find up to 1000 meteorites per season.

NASA is the main player in the search for meteorites in Antarctica, but the Japanese and the Europeans have programs there as well. It would be interesting to see what would happen if a meteorite similar to ALH84001 was found by one of these groups, instead of NASA.

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