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05 February 2002

2002 Meteorite News AP-newswire

Scientists say Earth formed faster than had been thought
Author: RICK CALLAHAN Associated Press Writer Date: August 28, 2002 Publication: Associated Press Archive
Scientists have found evidence that Earth made its final step to planet status about 30 million years earlier than previous research had suggested.
Working independently, two groups of scientists analyzed meteorites that contain telltale clues about planetary formation and compared them to rocks from Earth. Both teams reached the same conclusion: Earth's metallic core formed about 30 million years after the solar system's birth.
The findings contrast with...
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Scientists find impact crater buried off England's eastern seaboard
Author: The Associated Press Date: July 31, 2002 Publication: Associated Press Archive
With unprecedented detail, scientists have mapped a small but well-preserved crater formed by a meteorite they believe smacked into Earth 60 to 65 million years ago.
The impact crater, buried beneath the North Sea's rich oil and gas fields off England's eastern seaboard, measures about six miles wide and sits beneath 120 feet of seawater and more than 900 feet of sediment. Researchers believe the so-called Silverpit crater was formed after the catastrophic impact...
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Four charged in alleged plot to sell stolen moon rocks from the Apollo missions
Author: RACHEL LA CORTE Associated Press Writer Date: July 23, 2002 Publication: Associated Press Archive
Three space center employees and another man were charged in an alleged plot to sell stolen moon rocks from the Apollo missions for $1,000 to $5,000 a gram, the FBI said.
A 600-pound safe full of moon rocks and meteorites was stolen from the Johnson Space Center in Houston, and officials realized it was missing July 15, space center spokesman Kyle Herring said. It contained lunar samples from every Apollo mission. Undercover FBI agents arrested Thad Roberts, 25, Tiffany Fowler, 22, and...
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Four arrested, accused of stealing moon rocks from Houston space center
Author: RACHEL LA CORTE Associated Press Writer Date: July 23, 2002 Publication: Associated Press Archive
Three student employees and another man were charged with stealing a safe full of moon rocks and meteorites from the Johnson Space Center in Houston and trying to sell them, the FBI said Monday.
The items offered for sale by the suspects were kept in a 600-pound safe that was noticed missing July 15, space center spokesman Kyle Herring said. The safe contained lunar samples from every Apollo mission. Undercover FBI agents arrested Thad Roberts, 25, Tiffany Fowler, 22, and Gordon...
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Scientists debate cause of mysterious mile-wide depression in rural Nebraska
Author: KEVIN O'HANLON Associated Press Writer Date: July 21, 2002 Publication: Associated Press Archive
A mysterious mile-wide dent in the earth has generated a debate among scientists about whether the depression was the catastrophic creation of a meteorite, or the patient work of Mother Nature.
Wakefield Dort Jr., a retired University of Kansas geology professor, will make his case for the crater's unearthly origin at the annual Meteoritical Society meeting in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Nebraska scientists have their doubts.
"It is not a crater. There is no...
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Lowly moon rock -- a piece of U.S. space history -- at center of court fight
Author: CATHERINE WILSON Associated Press Writer Date: June 29, 2002 Publication: Associated Press Archive
In a cross between science fiction and a children's tale, a moon rock gets dug up from its peaceful valley, flies aboard Apollo 17 to Earth, visits Honduras and winds up in a U.S. court.
"It's one of these curious little cases," said Keith Rosenn, a University of Miami law professor recruited by the judge as a consultant on Honduran law. "But it is a real case with grown men arguing about it." The extensively...
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Chiropractor offers piece of sacred meteorite to Oregon Indian tribes
Author: JEFF BARNARD Associated Press Writer Date: February 14, 2002 Publication: Associated Press Archive
David Wheeler read about the impending auction: Two chips from the Willamette Meteorite, a 15 1/2-ton rock considered sacred by an Indian tribe but ensconced in a New York museum for decades, were to be sold off.
He thought maybe he could offer a little healing. Wheeler, an Oregon chiropractor, paid $3,375 for the thumbnail-sized piece of the colossal meteorite and is donating it to the tribe.
"I have a lot of respect for the native cultures," Wheeler...
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Chiropractor offers piece of sacred meteorite to Oregon Indian tribes

Date: February 13, 2002 Publication: Associated Press Archive
An Oregon chiropractor paid $3,375 for a thumbnail-sized piece of a 15 1/2-ton meteorite and is donating it to an Indian tribe that holds the big rock to be sacred.
David Wheeler bought the sliver at an auction last weekend in Tucson, Ariz. The gray piece is from the colossal Willamette Meteorite, which is displayed in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Wheeler said he is donating the fragment because "I have a lot of respect for the native...
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