#ANSMET expedition complete! Team spent 5 weeks in #Antarctica searching for #meteorites!

#ANSMET 2015/2016 expedition complete! This amazing team, like so many others before them, spent five weeks in Antarctica (Miller Range) searching for meteorites in what most would consider bitter cold conditions. Think these team members would want to do this again next year?? Ask any one of them the next time you see them and see what they say! How about you – would you want to search for meteorites in Antarctica?

Now that this year’s mission is complete, the collected samples will be transported to our #NASA_Curation Meteorite Laboratory in Building 31 at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. We can’t wait to receive this year’s fabulous finds that through research and analysis, will help scientists better understand the history of our solar system! #RocksFromSpace

To read about this year’s 2015/16 Field Season, go to: http://caslabs.case.edu/ansmet/category/15-16/

(Images courtesy of Case Western Reserve University and the 2015/16 Field team)

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#ANSMET team continues their search for #meteorites in the #MillerRange in #Antarctica

This season’s #ANSMET team continues their search for meteorites in the Miller Range. The team searches for meteorites both large and small. Our very own @NASA_ARES team member, Cindy Evans, is seen here “face to the ice” searching for meteorites. As a sample is deemed worth collecting, a team member takes a photo of the sample with a counter/image scale device hovering above it. The sample is recovered using tongs and is put into a Teflon bag provided by #NASA_Curation. Once the sample is in the bag, the unique identifying number, embossed on a metal tag, is affixed to the sample bag (without touching the sample). The team did a midseason inventory (Nina and Morgan in bottom right image) and as of January 7, 2016, they have recovered a total of 392 samples….but their search continues!

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To read more about this year’s 2015/16 Field Season, go to: http://caslabs.case.edu/ansmet/category/15-16/

(Images courtesy of Case Western Reserve University and the 2015/16 Field team)

#ANSMET 2015/16 Team has been busy at #McMurdo Station

What do you do as you wait for your transportation to the Miller Range to begin this year’s search for meteorites?  Well….at McMurdo Station the #ANSMET 2015/16 field team has completed extensive training, gathered food & supplies for their expedition, visited the Long Duration Balloon Facility, and even participated in the McMurdo 10K!  Cindy also shared this neat street view of the Crary Science Center at McMurdo.  Check it out:  https://www.google.com/intl/en_us/maps/streetview/#antarctica/crary-science-center

To read more about this year’s 2015/16 Field Season, go to: http://caslabs.case.edu/ansmet/category/15-16/
(Images courtesy of Case Western Reserve University and the 2015/16 Field team)

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2015/16 #ANSMET Team at #McMurdo Station preparing for #Antarctic Search for #Meteorites

ANSMET2015_16This season’s ANSMET team has arrived at McMurdo Station and is preparing for their expedition in the Miller Range.  Team members include John Schutt, Jim Karner, Brian Rougeux, Constantine Tsang, Morgan Martinez, Ellen Crapster-Pregont, Nina Lanza, and NASA_ARES scientist Cindy Evans.  At McMurdo the team is preparing gear and receiving training.  Training includes snow mobile classroom training! Aside from a little bit of jetlag from the 7+ hour flight on a Royal New Zealand Air Force aircraft from Christchurch New Zealand to McMurdo Station, this year’s team is raring to go!   (Images courtesy of Case Western Reserve University and the 2015/16 Field team)

To read more about this year’s 2015/16 Field Season, go to:  http://caslabs.case.edu/ansmet/category/15-16/