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Meteorites- 3

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

processing.

Subsequent studies will

be performed by

investigators

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.

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,ASA-JSC

May 31, 1978

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