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  1. Well now, that just took up 2 hours of my life!! Watched everything I could find on him, including the Paleo Festival 1 hour video. I have never heard of this guy Steve and his drummer Dan, but they rock big time! Thanks for sharing this, I am definitely a fan!
  2. I had one eye done at the age of 50 and the second the following year, and that was 20 years ago. I assure you, the surgery is nothing. You will notice an amazing difference the following day. The first few days afterwards you have to be careful to not lift anything heavy. I have every since had 20/20 eye sight.
  3. For what it is worth, Dr. Gross, who now heads the NASA moon meteorite department in Houston explained to me when I asked what amount of gold might exist in my 74 pound iron meteorite she tested that the trace amount of gold was so small it basically held no value. As billpeters correctly stated above "The value of meteorites is that they are rocks from space"
  4. Love to see that thing in action! Nice score!
  5. In preparation for my next meeting with Dr. Gross and the element analysis she will do, she also agreed to acid etch the cut areas on the meteorite, so I sanded the surfaces for that. I purchased the carbide grit belts on Amazon (120-180-220-320-400-600-800-1000) for my belt sander. Here are a few pictures of the process and and progress results.
  6. The meteorite I have was obtained in a similar set of circumstances. If left with my brother in law, I believe it could easily have disappeared if he were to pass away. If there is a chance that your "rock" is a meteorite, you could review my post "New member excited to jump in" and see what steps I took to get to where I am today. I can tell you from my experience, there is a good chance the process of authenticating and possibly having it accepted by The Meteorological Society will take quite a bit of time and will cost you some personal time and $1,000 or less for the testing. But, all of that can be both fascinating and rewarding and very well worth the effort! Oh, by the way, don't be tempted to accept and offer that may prove to be very less than the true value to be!! Good luck and anxious to see the photos.
  7. Just wanted to post another couple pictures of the meteorite which I think gives a better idea of its size. It weighs 72.6 pounds! I have decided to go through the process of sanding and polishing the 2 previously made cuts and Dr. Gross has generously offered to etch both surfaces next time I see her on Sept 3. Personally, I believe that whomever ends up owning this meteorite would love to be able to see the patterns. Of course I would like to be that person, but this is all being done for my brother-in-law and to help with his finances, so unfortunately I doubt that person will be me. Whatever ends up happening, this meteorite and joining this forum has been both educational, been lots of fun and opened up a whole new world for me. Hope you all enjoy the photo and thanks for looking!
  8. Well, I don't believe the video is viewable for some reason. It is only 32 seconds long with Dr. Gross is explaining the function of the X-ray machine that does quantitative analysis of the various minerals content in the meteorite.
  9. So, today was the day that the larger slice was etched at Rutgers Univ. I am going to include both a still photo of the finished etched piece and a short video. I donated the piece to Rutgers which will be used for educational purposes. The next step in the process, to my novice understanding, is the mineral and element analysis, which will tentatively happen on Sept. 3. I leave for vacation the following day and Dr. Gross informed us that she has heading to NASA in Houston for head up their moon rock department for the next 18 months! How cool is that ?! She was kind enough to give my friend and I each copies of REVIEWS OF GEOPHYSICS AND SPACE PHYSICS, Classification and Properties of Iron Meteorites for us to read.
  10. well, as half expected, the etching chemicals did not come in and the date has now been set for August 12.
  11. Quick update, the etching may or may not happen tomorrow at Rutgers. Dr. Gross is hoping to receive the new chemicals needed but has explained that there was some sort of hold up with paperwork. So, if the needed chemicals arrive tomorrow morning, she will contact me and the etching will happen at 2pm. If not, this will all have to be rescheduled after I return from vacation on August 12. The saga goes on!
  12. Well, that explains why I have lead such a blissful life! Thanks for the posting. Where is it Bill that you found all of this information? Never too late in life for me to avoid getting hit on the head!
  13. Dr. Gross has had a busy schedule, so the etching is now scheduled for this coming Friday, July 26. I have never seen the process so I hope to take photos and maybe a video. Hopefully my next post will be Friday night!
  14. I am always in a kayak in Alaska and always wear a PFD, the self inflating type. That is a very scary story and I am glad to read he survived and is doing well.
  15. Just an update. The acid etching is scheduled to happen on either July 22 or 23.
  16. I am waiting to read what the experts say! Outside surface is interesting to my uneducated eye. thanks for posting
  17. I thought exactly the same thing and asked. The machine lab super explained the auto feed would not feel resistance when super hard sections were being cut and would snap the blade. When he hit those hard areas, the progress was at a standstill, then all of a sudden the blade would begin slowly moving forward. And, you could hear the difference in the machine sound. What he did say would be the best, and very fast alternative would be a water jet cutter type machine, but with ZERO budget for the shop and costing $130,000, that was not expected to happen any time soon.
  18. here is a photo of the first, small section removed. With me know nothing, Dr. Gross pointed out the minute fissure cracks to me. She explained they were caused by the initial heating of the meteorite and then rapid cooling. She also mentioned quite a bit more which went way above my head! The shop also collected the small metal shavings with a magnet, put them in a ziplock and gave them to me.
  19. Today my friend and I went down to Rutgers University and met with Dr. Gross and hauled the meteorite over to their machine shop where the cutting was to take place. The cutting was done with a bi-metal blade on a very large vertical bandsaw. The shop technician Bill was totally steady with his painstakingly slow and precise efforts which resulted in 2 nice flat sections. That process took 1-1/4 hours and I don't know how his arms did not cramp! Dr. Gross supervised the process and was very happy with the results. Sanding on the 2 slices and the matching cuts on the meteorite will happen next week (June 10) and the acid etching and mineral analysis will happen the following week. I plan on going down again for that part of it.
  20. Well, it has been awhile, but the date for slicing at Rutgers University's meteorite department machine lab is set for June 3. Upon initial observation, the PHD immediately and definitely identified the rock as a meteorite. It was explained to me that a small section, about the size of a thumb would be sliced for analysis. A second large piece would also be sliced and then half into 2 pieces and forwarded to the Meteorological Society for their review, hopeful naming/numbering and archiving, the second piece of which would be made available for second party research. Actual analysis will be an additional couple of months from now. This is all mind-blowing to me! I know nothing of meteorites and to think something that weighs 70+ pounds could fall out of space and landed on our planet-------insane!! And to be 400 million years old!
  21. I know so little about identifying, so I will be interested to read feedback on this.
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