Mars Meteorite Road Trip

At the end of September, the Astro Babes attended a lecture in Madison that was part of the “Biosignatures: What Does Life Leave Behind?” exhibit. (See the related “Trip to Mars” blog entry). It was a rare opportunity to hold a piece of Mars in our hands.

Here are a few pictures from this latest adventure.

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Barbara Millicent Roberts, our new guest blogger, astronaut, and notable Martian expert, accompanied the Astro Babes on this road trip. As a Martian expert, Roberts she said she was excited to see the Tissint meteorite from Mars.

 

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The reception and the preview of the meteorite exhibit was held by invitation only.

 

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A presentation entitled “How to Build an Astrobiology Exhibit in 1,272 Easy Steps” was followed by a reception in the museum. The evening not only featured a piece of Mars, but also a rare opportunity to hold another piece in our hands.

 

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Amy holding an actual piece of Mars during the visit to the UW-Madison Geology Museum. The owner, a private collector from Arizona, loaned this piece to the museum for the opening of this meteorite exhibit.

 

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Close-up of the Red Planet.

 

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Roberts was really excited about having an actual piece of Mars rest on her lap. “I was so nervous someone had to hold me up!” she said.

 

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Here Roberts is catching a glimpse of the main attraction, the Tissint meteorite, that is believed to have broken off the Red Planet around 700,000 years ago. Its landing was witnessed in Morocco in 2011 which makes it extremely rare.

 

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Behind the smile, Lynn is contemplating stuffing this 320 lb. Canyon Diablo Iron Meteorite fragment into her purse. This meteorite was found near Winslow, AZ, and is one of many pieces on display.

 

Here are some fragments of the Mifflin meteorite that landed in southwestern Wisconsin
The exhibit included some fragments of the Mifflin meteorite that landed in southwestern Wisconsin in 2010. The Astro Babes were there and had a chance to do a little meteorite hunting of their own. (See the related “Hunting for Meteorites” blog entry.)

 

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What Mars party would be complete without a little wine and some custom-made Martian doughnuts?

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