Antarctic Meteorites

The curation and collection of Antarctic meteorites is a U.S. funded, cooperative effort among NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Smithsonian Institution.

The NSF, with decades of experience in exploring this harsh environment, provides support for field research and collection. 

NASA and the Smithsonian Institution, as experts in curation of lunar samples and geologic specimens, respectively, provide for the classification, storage and distribution of Antarctic meteorites.

All three agencies sponsor research on these valuable specimens. The meteorites are collected by NSF science teams operating out of the McMurdo or South Pole Stations. Since 1977, the meteorites were returned frozen to Johnson Space Center (JSC) for initial processing and characterization.

See the Antarctic Meteorite webpage to view the  Martian Meteorite Compendium, the Lunar Meteorite Compendium and the HED Compendium.

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