May 3, 2012 · 10:00 AM
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At 8:00 am on Sunday, April 23, 2012, a major fireball was seen all over Northern California and beyond. Scientists used weather radar to track the movement of the object and tracked it to Coloma, CA. NASA is anxious to learn as much as possible about the meteorite's fall and origins. Since the impact, more than a dozen pieces have been recovered, weighing around 100g, and it is believed that the meteorite is a very rare type of meteorite call a cabonaceous chondrite. There are also indications that the fragments may be degrading fast with regard to future scientific analysis due to exposure to moisture and temperatures, so it is very important to recover as much of the meteorite fragments as soon as possible.
Lodging at a reduced rate may be available through the Quality Inn in Cameron Park (around $64/night). All costs incurred due to travel, meals, etc. will be the sole responsibility of the participant. No NASA funding is available to anyone other than NASA civil servants. Participants will be required to sign a waiver and other releases with NASA and the SETI Institute. On-site training will be provided for proper collection practices (short answer: never touch a meteorite!).
ALL METEORITES COLLECTED MUST BE RELEASED TO NASA AND THE SETI INSTITUTE FOR SCIENTIFIC STUDY. IF YOU CANNOT COMPLY WITH THIS REQUIREMENT, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND WITH THE NASA/SETI GROUP.
If you are interested in attending, let me know ASAP. I am heading up there around lunchtime today. If you would like to make arrangements together for today, please message/comment and I'll PM you my phone number so that we can plan. Otherwise, plan on arriving around 10:00 a.m. or so tomorrow in Cameron. I apologize for the last minute planning, but we just got it approved to have participation from the public. Hope some of you can attend!