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2014/02/09

Grand opening of the UCLA Meteorite Gallery

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The grand opening of the UCLA Meteorite Gallery was marked by a ceremony and reception on 10 January 2014.  UCLA Chancellor Gene Block praised the Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences (EPSS) Department for creating the Gallery and also thanked Arlene and Ted Schlazer for a gift of 65 meteorites and a generous bequest. The Gallery has track lighting, carpeted floors and seven exhibit cases containing about 100 meteorites.  There are numerous posters showing images of meteorite sections and explanations of cosmochemical processes such as chondrite metamorphism, non-mass dependent isotopic fractionation and asteroidal sources of meteorites.  The centerpiece of the gallery is the Clark iron, a beautifully sculpted 162-kg individual chunk of Canyon Diablo given to UCLA in 1934.  
    The seven display cases illustrate [1] meteorite classification, [2] ordinary and carbonaceous chondrites, [3] iron meteorites, mesosiderites and back-lit pallasites, [4] chondritic breccias and impact melts, [5] tektites and Libyan Desert Glass, [6] California meteorites (including the type specimen of the 2012 L6 Novato fall) and meteor-wrongs, and [7] extraterrestrial and terrestrial basalts.  The latter case features the type specimen of the Los Angeles Martian meteorite.  The Gallery is open weekdays from 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. and (with docents present) on Saturday or Sunday as detailed on the website:  meteorites.ucla.edu

    The creation of the UCLA Meteorite Gallery was made possible in part by financial help from the Endowment Fund of the Meteoritical Society, the UCLA Dean of Science and the UCLA Institute for Planets and Extrasolar Planets.
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