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DART on target for Sept 26 Dimorphos impact

DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) is NASA’s first planetary defense test mission, and will be the first-ever space mission to demonstrate asteroid deflection by kinetic impactor – impacting an asteroid to adjust its speed and path. On September 26, DART will intentionally crash into Dimorphos, the asteroid moonlet of Didymos, to slightly change its motion […]

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Thanks for your Ask A Museum Day questions!

We had a great time answering your questions during the annual Ask A Museum event on social media – check out some of our favorites, below. Start prepping your questions for next year, and follow us on Twitter (@ASUMeteorites) for more online events! Click on the tweets below to see the full question and answer […]

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New Orleans

September’s Meteorite of the Month is New Orleans, an ordinary (H5) chondrite that fell in Louisiana, in 2003. According to the Meteoritical Bulletin (MB88): On the afternoon of September 23rd 2003, a meteorite crashed through the two-story home of Ray and Judy Fausset, who were not at home at the time. Neighbors said that they […]

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Where are we now: Cameron Mercer

Catch up with Center alumni through this periodic feature! Dr. Cameron Mercer received his doctoral degree in 2017 from the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University (ASU), where his dissertation research focused on the “High Spatial Resolution 40Ar/39Ar Geochronology of Lunar Impact Melt Rocks.” For this work he used an ultraviolet […]

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