Different Directions

Different Directions

Moon & Meteorites       

Different Directions has a growing, quality collection of meteorites, and we use the collection to teach key facets of the Earth/Moon system, as well as provide a deeper understanding of some of Earth's great catastrophes.

As part of the NASA educational sample disk program, we also borrow sample disks from time to time. The NASA lunar samples are currently the only moon rocks that are available for scientific study and classroom examination.

Lunar samples are rocks and soils collected from the Moon and returned by Apollo astronauts and unmanned Soviet Luna missions. Meteorites are special rocks, mostly from asteroids, which arrived at Earth unaided by spacecraft and survived the fiery entry through the atmosphere.

The Moon samples and Meteorites are part of our classroom and community presentations, and are also a standalone teaching series.

Join us in the adventures.

From our Blog

Here's a video program from the London Natural History Museum. The resident mineralogist is Caroline Smith, and she presents information about meteorites and how our solar system has formed.

Watch the video

Note: To watch video, you'll need to have Windows Media Player or QuickTime installed on your computer.

Olivine
(Magnesium Iron Silicate)

Because I've stumbled across this mineral, or series of minerals, in meteorites and volcanic bombs, I've linked to a good explanation about the mineral.

What's interesting is that olivine is extremely abundant within the earth, just not seen on the Earth's surface or crust.

http://www.go2add.com/paleo/olivine_ee.php

Paleo Fun

Pages

The Mary Elizabeth Collection

Solar System
Before the Beginning
Our Beginning

Comets
    Stardust - A Robotic Mission


The Stones
    Abee - The Mystery
    Allende - A Blast
    Axtell
    Bonita Springs
    Cat Mountain
    Chergach (aka Mali)
    Claxton
    Gujba
    Kendleton
    Melrose - The Golden One
    Millbillillie
    Mundrabilla
    Murchison
    Saratov
    Vesta & Its Meteorites
        Bilanga
        Chaves
        Sioux County
Stony Irons
    Beautiful Esquel
    Brenham
    Pallas Iron
    Vaca Muerta
The Irons
    An American Icon
    Campo Del Cielo
    Cape of Good Hope
    Coahuila
    Gibeon
    Henbury
    The Mythic Kaalijarv
    Nantan
    Nelson County
    Sikhote-Alin
    Wolfe Creek
Historic Meteorites
    Orgueil - & the Comet
    Pultusk Shower
    Weston

Glossary

Impact Features
   Rocks
   Craters of the World
   Events
   Mass Extinctions

Moon Rocks FAQs

Links

Types of Meteorites
   Pallasites -- A Rare View
Meteor Showers
Interesting meteorite falls

NASA's Earth & Space Sciences

Near-Earth Object (NEO) Program
Basic Science II: Impact Cratering
Chesapeake Bay impact crater

Media

Peekskill N.Y. fireball video
London Natural History Museum video
Video of crater in Arizona
Understanding: Prehistoric Meteor Hit the Caribbean Sea

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