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ForRelease June 23,
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
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
Dr. Everett Gibson, Johnson Space Center geochemist, Dr. Carleton
Moore, director of the Center for Meteorite Studies at