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L y n d o n B . J o h n s o n S p a c e C e n t e _ Houston,Texas77058 AC713 483-5111 '

Charles Redmond

ForRelease June 23,

1978

RELEASENO: 78-26

METEORITE FRAGMENT CONFIRMED AS RARE TYPE

A meteorite found last winter in the frozen reaches of the Antarctic

has been confirmed by both the National Aeronautics and Space Adminis-

tration and the Smithsonian Institution to be one of the rarest types

of

meteorites

ever

found.

The

meteorite

fragment,

which

has

not

yet

been named, was found by Dr. William Cassidy, of the University of

Pittsburgh, while on an expedition sponsored by the National Science

Foundation specifically to search for meteorites.

This rare meteorite, called a carbonaceous chondrite because of its

high carbon content, was found with what is believed to be another

similar sample and about 300 other specimens.

The meteorite fragment was examined by a team of meteorite experts at

the

Johnson

Space

Center

on

Thursday,

June

8.

The

team

consisted

of

Dr. Everett Gibson, Johnson Space Center geochemist, Dr. Carleton

Moore, director of the Center for Meteorite Studies at

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