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March 2016 News from the UCLA Meteorite Gallery

One of a series of monthly letters sent to visitors to the UCLA Meteorite Gallery and to others who requested to be on the mailing list.

The Meteorite Gallery (Geology room 3697) is open with a docent present every Sunday from 1 till 4 with the exception of the last two Sundays in the calendar year. And it is open every work day from 9 till 4 but without a docent. It is not open Saturdays.

We remind you that our website address is: http://meteorites.ucla.edu/ . There you can find a map of our corner of the UCLA campus and instructions for parking in structure 2.

This month the speaker at our Gallery Event is Dr. Paul Warren. His topic is: “Moon landing conspiracy debunked: How Apollo samples and lunar meteorites prove that astronauts really landed on the Moon“.

Paul is a long-time Research Geochemist at UCLA in 2015. He is one of the world’s top lunar (and achondrite) petrologists (i.e., he uses the microscope and the electron microprobe to study them and infer formational processes). He serves on many NASA evaluation panels. He is a strong supporter of the UCLA Meteorite Collection and the Gallery.

He will speak on Sunday 13 Mar 2016 at 2:30 pm in Slichter 3853 at UCLA (near the Gallery).

Summary: - Polls show that a sizeable segment of the adult populace believes the Apollo landings were faked, with numbers like 7-11% in the USA, 20% in Russia, 25% in Britain. Debates rage over how objects like flags and shadows appeared in mission photos and videos. But the best proof of the provenance of the Apollo samples comes from detailed characteristics like isotopes produced by cosmic-ray and solar-wind irradiation, impact-induced glass and microcraters.

Our speaker for Sunday 10 Apr is our UCLA Graduate Student and member of the research team for the Dawn Spacecraft, which is currently orbiting Ceres. His title is “Ceres in the light of Dawn".

On 6 March 2015 NASA’s Dawn mission became the first spacecraft to visit the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest asteroid, and the only large asteroid having a density so low (2.16 g/cm3) that it requires the presence of appreciable water. Dawn discovered, and continues to discover, an incredible world covered with oddly shaped craters, tectonic chasms, massive debris flows dozens of kilometers long, potential volcanic edifices, and enigmatic “bright spots”."

JTW

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