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AI/ A News

NationalAeronauticsand SpaceAdministrahon

Lyndon B Johnson SpaceCenter Houston,Texas77058 AC713 483-5111

Charles Redmond

ForRelease: Upon Receipt

Release no:

78-24

SPACE CENTER TO BEGIN PROCESSING OF RARE METEORITES

Two meteorite samples retrieved under clean conditions near Allan

Hills in the TransAntarctic Mountains and believed to be rare carbon-

bearing

types

will

undergo

initial

examination

at

the

Johnson

Space

Center on Thursday, June 8, 1978_he two special meteorites were

collected along with over 300 other, less rare types, on an

expedition sponsored by the National Science Foundation and led by

Dr. William Cassidy, a University of Pittsburgh geologist, this past

December and Janary.

If, as expected, the two carbon-bearing types are verified as

carbonaceous chondrites, there is the possibility the two fragments

may contain clues of the very earliest epoch of our solar system

and

may

shed

some

light

on

the

evolution

of

organic

compounds.

This

knowledge will help in understanding the evolution of life here on

Earth.

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