Meteorite Arrives at SI

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The Old Woman Mountains meteorite arrives at the National Museum of Natural History from Barstow, California, where it had been under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management. At 6,070 lbs., it is the second largest meteorite ever to be found in the U.S., and "will be the subject of research by the Smithsonian for approximately a year before being sent to an appropriate California museum on a long-term basis for exhibition." The Smithsonian plans to retain one or more thinly sliced sections of the interior portion for public display.


National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Torch, 4/1978, p. 1

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


March 8, 1978



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