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May 03rd, 2012

The Field Museum will receive a high-quality meteorite from a fireball that exploded over California and Nevada last month. The 4.6-billion-year-old meteorite, donated by private collector Terry Boudreaux, is extremely rare and valuable to science. It weighs about one-third of an ounce (10 grams) and has been tentatively classified as carbonaceous chondrite. 

May 03rd, 2012

Photo gallery from the 2012 members night at the Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies.

May 03rd, 2012

Robert A. Pritzker Assistant Curator of Meteoritics and Polar Studies Philipp Heck and co-authors from the Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry in Germany had their paper on the first isotopic analysis of sulfur-rich comet dust published in the April issue of the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science. The dust was captured during a flyby of Comet Wild 2 by NASA’s Stardust Mission and returned to Earth.

March 08th, 2012

 

Collections and Research Committee Member Terry Boudreaux and fellow meteorite collector Greg Hupé donated a beautifully polished 4.9-gram-slice of a rare, ungrouped achondritic meteorite (NWA 6704) to The Field Museum. The petrology, the elemental and oxygen isotopic composition share characteristics of different meteorite groups and does not allow to group it with any known group.

 

January 05th, 2012

The Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies is proud to announce the newest addition to the meteorite collection.  The newly named meteorite Thika, recently classified as a L6 ordinary chondrite, was donated to the Center by Collections and Research Committee member Terry Boudreaux in mid-September. 

November 04th, 2011

We mourn the loss of Robert A. Pritzker who passed away on October 27th, 2011.  His generosity and passion for science supported research programs at the Field Museum.  

July 28th, 2011

 

Field Museum researchers at the Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies have received a second target foil from the Interstellar Dust Collector onboard NASA's Stardust Mission - that returned the first solid extraterrestrial material to Earth from beyond the Moon.  

June 29th, 2011

 

We announce a call for abstracts for the session P15 “Laboratory Analysis of Extraterrestrial Dust Returned to Earth” at the Fall Meeting 2011 of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), December 5-9, 2011 San Francisco, California, USA. 

June 27th, 2011

 

Collections & Research Committee member Terry Boudreaux donated a very unusual meteorite specimen to The Field Museum’s Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies.  The meteorite is named NWA 5492 after northwest Africa where it was found.  Its petrology and chemical composition are very different compared to other meteorites and it cannot be classified with the existing scheme.

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