Mike's Astro Photos
Feb.20 2010

Why Meteorites?

by , under Mason Dixon Meteor

Sometimes people have a hard time understanding why I’m so obsessed with finding the Mason Dixon Meteor. Its hard to explain really, but the other day someone on the meteorite list posted this quote from 1964 made by Doctors who were part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris.

Dr.Hey, Dr.Mason, Prof. Orcel, Prof. Sztrokay and Dr.Fournier D’Albe wrote:

“Since meteorites are the only specimens we receive of material from outside
our Earth, it is essential for the progress of science that every effort be
made to collect these specimens and make them available for investigation.
Unesco, through its Working Group on Meteorites, is trying to interest
people everywhere in the observation and recovery of meteorites.”

Those are the first sentences of a circular, they proposed, which….

“It is recommended that the circular”…”be sent to the institution
responsible for meteorites in each country, with the suggestion that copies
of it be given wide circulations in schools, post offices, police stations
and other public services. It is desirable that the press and radio be
encouraged to arouse public interest in this subject.”

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