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February lO. 1978
JOHNSON SPACE CENTER TO PROCESS PRISTINE METEORITE FRAGMENTS
The Johnson Space Center, Houston, has begun a new program for
quite recently a special program for meteorites has not been needed
because the meteorite fragments found had been contaminated by reactions
with the soil where they fell, by the effects of weather, and by the
often unsterile handling conditions once they had been recovered.
The new meteorite facility will handle a new, near-pristine,
The first meteorite samples arrived at the space center on Saturday,
February ll, and were two 200-300 gram (baseball-sized) fragments
believed by the National Science Foundation to be rare carbonaceous
matter from our solar system.