2013-2014 Science Planning Summaries
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Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET)

Program Manager:
Dr. Michael Jackson

Event Number: G-058-M
NSF / NASA Agreement

ASC POC/Implementer:
Sune Tamm / Meghan Walker

Dr. Ralph Harvey (Principal Investigator)
http://caslabs.case.edu/ansmet/External Non U.S. Government Site

Case Western Reserve University
Department of Geological Sciences
Cleveland, Ohio

Supporting Stations:  McMurdo Station
Research Locations:  Miller Range

Project Description:
The Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) program is a field-based science project that recovers meteorite specimens from Antarctica. Since 1976, teams have recovered more than 21,000 specimens from surfaces along the Transantarctic Mountains. These specimens are a reliable, continuous source of new, non-microscopic extraterrestrial material and support thousands of scientists from around the globe as they seek essential “ground-truth” concerning the materials that make up the asteroids, planets, and other bodies of our solar system. The study of ANSMET meteorites has extended knowledge of the materials and conditions from which our solar system was born and has revealed the geologic nature of asteroids.

Field Season Overview:
Eight field team members will live in Scott tents and conduct searches on snowmobiles. LC130 will take the team and its gear Central Trans Antarctic Mountain (CTAM) camp and then they will be shuttled by Twin Otter out to Miller Range. Once in the field, the team will generally be self-sufficient, with at least two resupply flights in mid-season. The field season is expected to last about six weeks.

Deploying Team Members:

  • Stephen Ballou
  • Barbara Cohen
  • Ralph Harvey (PI)
  • Manavi Jadhav
  • James Karner (Co-PI)
  • Alexander Meshik
  • Jani Radebaugh
  • John Schutt

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