kept uncontaminateduntil a facilityand procedureswere establishedfor their examinationunder clean-roomconditions.
The special meteoritefacility has been installedin the Lunar and
PlanetarySciences laboratoryat the Johnson Space Center and
proceduresfor the initial examinationand subsequentdistribution
of the samples have now been approvedby a committeecomprised
of representativesof Cassidy'steam, the NationalScience Foundation,
NASA, the SmithsonianInstitution,and various universities.
The processing,to begin on June 8, will consist of initial
characterizationof the samples. This will involve the precise
weighing and photographicdocumentationof the samples along with
a written descriptionof each sample. The sampleswere found
in a frozen condition,were kept frozen during their transportfrom
the Antarcticto Houston, and will be kept frozen during the initial
Subsequent studies will
be performed by
at various laboratoriesthroughoutthe country.
Cassidy and a team of meteorite searchersare expectedto return
to the Antarctic again this coming summer season there to continue
their meteorite search.
May 31, 1978