#NASA #Antarctic – NASA and other two federals reaffirms agreement for Antarctic meteorites : The three federal entities including NASA in US are are renewing their agreement to search for Antarctic meteorites, which will help in learning more about the primitive building blocks of the solar system and revealing the truth about Earth’s neighbours like the moon and Mars.
The three federals include NASA, National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Smithsonian Institution (SI) that recently reaffirmed their commitment to collect information on Antarctic meteorites in a partnership. The US space agency said that the partnership is named as ‘Antarctic Search for Meteorites Program’ or ANSMET.
Earlier the agreement was signed in 1980 which is now replaced by the new joint agreement which advances the programme for an additional decade.
Smithsonian meteorite scientist Tim McCoy said, “Antarctic meteorites are posing new questions about the formation and early history of our solar system. Some of these questions are spurring new exploration of the solar system by NASA missions.”
The search for Antartic meteorites was started in 1976 in US and the ANSMET program has curated more than 23,000 specimens, dramatically increasing the number of samples available for study from Earth’s moon, Mars and asteroids. Out of them, the first one was spotted when it was coming from the moon and Mars, and the well-known ALH 84001 Martian meteorite, which helped renew interest in Mars exploration in the 1990s.
For those who don’t know, Meteorites are natural survived objects that from space and collected from the Earth’s surface (in this case — on ice). NASA revealed that Antartica gives a special atmosphere for the survival of meteorites as the desert climate preserves them for long duration of time. Source : tecake.in