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meteorites - 3

the age of other bodies in our solar system.

Fragments from this meteorite sample are expected to expand

or

knowledge

of

the

chemical

and

physical

evolution

processes

of the early solar system and to enhance our knowledge of

the regularity of this evolution in other planetary systems.

The space center in Houston is providing special handling and

curatorial service for the meteorite collection since the

fragments

were

found

in

what

has

been

called

the

"cleanest

conditions under which meteorites have been recovered."

The special curation of

precautions bei_taken the meteorites arises

in out

the examination and of the belief that the

fragments have not been significantly contaminated since their

arrival

on

Earth.

The

samples

have

been

preserved

under

excellent conditions in the Antarctic where the constant cold

and extremely dry air are considered to have preserved the

samples in a near-pristine state.

Subsequent analysis is expected to begin in the future after

the meteorite fragments have been characterized, sectioned into

smaller

pieces,

and

fully

documented.

The

new

meteorite

processing

laboratory at the space center has begun to process and classify

the

remainder

of

the

collection.

Samples

will

be

sent

as

soon

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