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By Kathy Candelaria on April 20, 2014
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Hello Everyone, Kathy here,  For those of you who have been tuning in to our Barringer Meteorite Crater Story, I apologize for the delay on the conclusion, I am making some updates to the conclusion and will be publishing it as soon as possible.  With our season fast approaching I have not been able to make those updates as fast as I have wanted to.  We are busy here at Meteor Crater and our visitors have been keeping me busy.  I look forward to get the conclusion up by the end of this week if time allows me to. Please keep checking back here with me for the conclusion.   

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By Kathy Candelaria on February 09, 2014
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Hello Everyone, Kathy here, I just want to introduce you to one of our tour guides Stephen Lang. He is 25 years old and has been with us here at Meteor Crater for just about 8 months, and has been a tour guide for 3 months.  You see him here giving his indoor presentation to our guests.  Say hello to him when you visit, and if the weather permits he can take you out on a guided rim tour along the rim of the crater!

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By Kathy Candelaria on January 20, 2014
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Hello!   Kathy here. What a beautiful day today at Meteor Crater.  I love this view of the crater from atop Moon Mountain observation deck. Come bring your family or friends and see what view you like best!

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By Derek Orgill on January 20, 2014
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Hi! Derek here, I wanted to take a minute to introduce Kathy!  She will be taking over the blog here at Meteor Crater.  Kathy has been at Meteor Crater for several years and helps out in the Rock Shop.  I'm sure she will do a great job keeping you all updated with what's happening out here!  

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By Derek Orgill on September 24, 2013
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Hi! Derek here, I am pleased to report that the first phase of our construction is now complete!!! Everybody needs to come by and check out our new admissions building! This picture shows Brad, the President of Meteor Crater Enterprises showing off our new building! This is an exciting step towards the new look of our visitors center, and I'm looking forward to what the future will bring!

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By Kim Merrill on September 15, 2013
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Hi-Kim here. I will be taking a new job opportunity down in Phoenix. I have enjoyed visiting with you on this blog and will now hand it over to Derek one of our other tour guides. I’m sure he will do a great job! ----Hello! Derek here, I’ve been here at Meteor Crater since 2009.  I’m excited about writing the blog…First, I’d like to wish Kim the very best!  She will be missed around here.  We’re excited about her new opportunity, and wish her the best!

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By Kim Merrill on September 08, 2013
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The peak of the Aurigid meteor shower has come and gone (it happened on Sept. 1) but scientist still say you can still see as many as 5 meteors per hour through the first part of September. Aurigids are castoffs from a so-called long-period comet that orbits the sun once every 2,000 years. There are no major showers this month but the American Meteor Society says the Northern Hemisphere may see a higher rate of sporadic meteors. How many will you see? You’ll just have to watch the skies and find out.

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By Kim Merrill on September 01, 2013
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Hi – Kim here. This month our “Hot Off the Press” is an article about the recent meteor that exploded over Russia called “NASA Tracks Russian Plum.” The piece tells about the “meteor dust” that circulated through the stratosphere for at least three months. The article states “By Feb. 19, four days after the explosion, the faster, higher portion of the plume had snaked its way entirely around the Northern Hemisphere and back to Chelyabinsk.” You can read this interesting story at: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2013/15aug_russianmeteorplume/

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By Kim Merrill on August 25, 2013
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Hi-Kim here. Here is the latest picture of the new admissions building. It’s looking great! As we have mentioned we are open during construction so come and visit us here at Meteor Crater and take a look.

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By Kim Merrill on August 16, 2013
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Hi – Kim here. Last week the History Channel stopped by to do some filming for their series “America Unearthed.”  Meteor Crater will be included in an episode that studies impacts and the metals they leave behind. While they were here the crew joined me on my tour and filmed the crater. We’re glad they came to Meteor Crater and we look forward to seeing the show.

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By Kim Merrill on August 10, 2013
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Hi - Kim here.  It’s our monsoon season and that can give us some beautiful sights. Here is a picture of some rain falling in the distance. Come and visit us so you can enjoy our summer weather.

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By Kim Merrill on August 03, 2013
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Hi - Kim here. On this blog we have shown you our beautiful sunsets, but we also have wonderful sunrises. Here is a picture of one. If you feel like camping you can always stay at our RV Park and enjoy the dawn.

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By Kim Merrill on July 27, 2013
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Hi – Kim here. This month our “Hot Off the Press” is an article called “Perseid Fireballs.” As mentioned last year in this blog the Perseid meteor shower happens every August. The article has good news for those of you planning to catch the show. It states:  " ‘We have found that one meteor shower produces more fireballs than any other,’ explains Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office.  ‘It's the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks on August 12th and 13th.’” How do they know that? Well the article goes on to tell us, “Using a network of meteor cameras distributed across the southern USA, Cooke's team has been tracking fireball activity since 2008, and they have built up a database of hundreds of events to analyze. The data point to the Perseids as the 'fireball champion' of annual meteor showers.” Have fun watching the shower.

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By Kim Merrill on July 19, 2013
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Hi-Kim here. Like we have said in other posts on this blog Meteor Crater is home to a lot of different animals. Here are some antelopes by the roadside watching the humans go by. When you come to visit us maybe they will be watching you too.

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By Kim Merrill on July 13, 2013
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Hi – Kim here. The work on our new admissions building is progressing nicely. You can see here how it is coming along. As mentioned before, we are open during construction – so stop by and see us.

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By Kim Merrill on July 05, 2013
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Hi – Kim here. Hope everyone had a great 4th of July. This month is also the anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to step on the moon. As you may know the astronauts trained here at Meteor Crater! You can read more about this event at: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lunar/missions/apollo/apollo_11/overview/  and http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/first-person-on-moon.html

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By Kim Merrill on June 29, 2013
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Hi – Kim here. Look Out! On June 18th scientist detected the 10,000th near-Earth object (NEO). It is asteroid 2013 MZ5, and was detected by the Pan-STARRS-1 telescope, located on the summit of the Haleakala crater on Maui. The article is called “Ten Thousandth Near-Earth Object Discovered” and tells us: "Finding 10,000 near-Earth objects is a significant milestone," said Lindley Johnson, program executive for NASA's Near-Earth Object Observations (NEOO) Program at NASA Headquarters. "But there are at least 10 times that many more to be found before we can be assured we will have found any and all that could impact and do significant harm to the citizens of Earth." You can read the article at: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2013/24jun_neo/

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By Kim Merrill on June 22, 2013
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Hi –Kim here. If you were at Meteor Crater recently you may have noticed some scientists here. They were preparing for the METCRAX II (Meteor Crater Experiment II) that will be conducted in October 2013. They will be studying Downslope-Windstorm-type Flows (DWFs). We will still be open to the public while the scientists doing their research. The American Meteorological Society tells a downslope windstorm is: “A very strong, usually gusty, and occasionally violent wind that blows down the lee slope of a mountain range, often reaching its peak strength near the foot of the mountains and weakening rapidly farther away from the mountains.” Stay tuned to this blog for more information in October. If you would like to read more about DWFs you can go to: http://glossary.ametsoc.org/wiki/Downslope_windstorm

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By Kim Merrill on June 14, 2013
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Hi – Kim here. Soon the upcoming documentary series ‘Cosmos a Space Time Odyssey’ will be filming a segment of the show at Meteor Crater. The series is hosted by Neal deGrasse Tyson – renowned astro physicist and communicator. You may remember the show it is based on the – the original PBS series by Carl Sagan named ‘Cosmos’ from the 1980’s. We look forward to seeing them here and wish them the best of luck in the series. We also wish them billions upon billions of viewers.

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By Kim Merrill on June 07, 2013
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Hi Kim here. Most of our lizards are very shy. But our collared lizards (like the one shown here) seem to love to have their picture taken. Here is one posing for the visitors on a tour. When you come to see us, maybe one will pose for you too.

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By Kim Merrill on May 31, 2013
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Hi-Kim here. This month our “Hot Off the Press” is an article called “NASA Probe Observes Meteors Colliding with Saturn’s Rings.” The Cassini was the probe that caught the meteors in the act and the article tells us “These observations make Saturn's rings the only location besides Earth, the moon and Jupiter where scientists and amateur astronomers have been able to observe impacts as they occur.” The information from these impacts will help us learn more about Saturn’s rings. You can read the article at: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2013-147&cid=release_2013-147

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By Kim Merrill on May 25, 2013
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Hello-Kim here. On May 5th 1961 Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. became the 1st American in space. His flight ushered in a new era that eventually brought us the Apollo programs and put men on the Moon. As you may know from other posts on this blog, the Apollo astronauts trained here at Meteor Crater. Like many other astronauts Alan Shepard was a military man. He served in the Navy and retired as a Rear Admiral. On this Memorial Day Weekend, we wish to give thanks to all those who have served.

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By Kim Merrill on May 17, 2013
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Hi – Kim here. As mentioned in this blog, we are currently building a new admissions area. As you can see, it’s moving right along. We are open during construction and soon we will be switching to our summer hours. Starting May 24th our hours will be 7 am to 7pm. We hope to see you here at Meteor Crater this summer.

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By Kim Merrill on May 11, 2013
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Hi – Kim here. We can see lots of impact strikes on our Earth, our Moon and the other bodies in our solar system. However only two crater forming impacts occurred during recorded history. One happened this month on May 13, 1972 when a meteorite struck our Moon. When you come to visit, be sure to see the display that tells you about it.

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By Sam Marcum on May 09, 2013
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It has been about a year since our trip out west and my wife and I think that the crater was the coolest thing. Freddy, our guide made it a very enjoyable experience. Thanks.

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By Kim Merrill on May 03, 2013
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Hi – Kim here. Today the Tucson British Car Registry out of Tucson, Arizona came by to visit us. Their tour this year is called La Carrera PanArizona. As you can see they brought their cars with them! You just never know what you will see here at Meteor Crater. It was lots of fun having them here.

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By Kim Merrill on April 27, 2013
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Hi- Kim here. Tomorrow will be the birthday of Dr. Eugene Shoemaker. As you may remember we mentioned him last year in this blog. A NASA website says, “Gene Shoemaker and Carolyn Spellman were married in 1951. A visit to Arizona's Meteor Crater the following year began to set Gene toward the view that both it and the lunar craters were due to asteroidal impacts.” We thank Dr. Shoemaker for his great work. You can read more about him at: http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/sl9/news81.html

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By Kim Merrill on April 20, 2013
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Hi – Kim here. This month our ‘Hot Off the Press” is an article entitled “Collision Course? A Comet Heads for Mars.” Soon Mars might be come a very different world. The article tells us - "There is a small but non-negligible chance that Comet 2013 A1 will strike Mars next year in October of 2014," says Don Yeomans of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program at JPL.  "Current solutions put the odds of impact at 1 in 2000." Astronomers around the world are keeping an eye on this comet so stay tuned for updates. You can read the article at: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2013/26mar_marscomet/

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By Kim Merrill on April 12, 2013
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Hi – Kim here. We now have two movies playing in our theater. We still have “Impact!” which was mentioned earlier in this blog. And we also have “B612: Protecting Humanity from Asteroid Impacts.” Among other things, the movie tells about the B612 project’s plan to launch and operate a privately funded telescope that will discover, track and map asteroids whose orbits approach Earth and threaten humanity. Be sure to catch it when you come to see us.

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By Kim Merrill on April 06, 2013
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Meteor Crater is surrounded by the Bar T Bar Ranch. It’s spring and the calves are out exploring the world. Here is a picture two of them. How cute! When you come to visit be sure to listen to the signs and watch out for them (and their Mamas too).

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By Kim Merrill on March 30, 2013
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Here is a picture of Brad presenting them with the check. The first responders do such a wonderful job and we were happy we could help out.

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By Kim Merrill on March 30, 2013
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On March 29 we had a day dedicated to first responders in thanks for all the hard work they do. They brought out rescue dogs for people to meet and equipment like what you see in this picture. One of the items is a camera designed to see into small areas. They even brought a helicopter! That afternoon, Meteor Crater presented them with a donation to help support their cause. It was a great day.

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By Kim Merrill on March 23, 2013
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Hi Kim here. It’s April showers time -in this case meteor showers. Our “Hot Off the Press” this month is an article entitled “The Lyrid Meteor Shower.” The article tells us: “Every year in late April Earth passes through the dusty tail of Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1), and the encounter causes a meteor shower--the Lyrids. This year the shower peaks on Saturday night, April 21st. Forecasters expect 10 to 20 meteors per hour, although outbursts as high as 100 meteors per hour are possible.” You can read the article at: http://www.spaceweather.com/meteors/lyrids/lyrids.html

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By Kim Merrill on March 16, 2013
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As you may remember from an earlier post in this blog, the Pan-STARRS comet was passing by close enough to be seen with the naked eye. It was discovered by the Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System atop the Haleakala volcano in Hawaii. But one of our staff members, Kathy, took a picture of it – and here it is. Thanks Kathy! (click on the picture to make it bigger and see the comet.)

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By Kim Merrill on March 09, 2013
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In an earlier post in this blog I told you about our ravens. Here is a picture of two of them together. The website - http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/raven/   says that ravens are believed to mate for life. You can often see these two birds sailing in our crater or just hanging out together like you see here. You may get a chance to see them when you visit us here.

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By Kim Merrill on March 01, 2013
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Hi – Kim here. This month our “Hot Off the Press” is “A Possible Naked Eye Comet in March.” On March 12th to the 24th a comet coming to you from the Ort Cloud will be making an appearance in the skies over Earth. What is the Ort Cloud?  “Far beyond the orbits of Neptune and Pluto, where the sun is a pinprick of light not much brighter than other stars, a vast swarm of icy bodies circles the solar system.  Astronomers call it the "Ort Cloud," and it is the source of some of history's finest comets.” The comet is called Pan-STARRS and may be difficult to see because it will be close to the sun. Astronomers say the best times to view it will be March 12th and 13th.  So watch the skies and read the entire article at: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2013/06feb_panstarrs/

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By Kim Merrill on February 23, 2013
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Hi-Kim here. This week Norman the scooter dog and some human cast members from the Hallmark channel “Who Let the Dogs Out?” came to visit Meteor Crater. Eduardo, our head tour guide, showed them the Holsinger Meteorite (the largest piece recovered from this site) and told them about the crater. The show will air in a few months so be sure to watch your local schedules. It was fun having them here.

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By Kim Merrill on February 15, 2013
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Hi – Kim here. A meteor or meteors exploded over Russia this morning shattering windows and causing many injuries. You can read articles about this event on our Facebook page. One such article can be found at: http://io9.com/5984483/a-meteor-just-exploded-over-russia . Today our local CBS channel 5 news will be here at Meteor Crater interviewing a representative from Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff. It will air at 5 and 6:30 Arizona time. At 5:30 there will be an interview with Robyn, our representative. Be sure to catch it if you can. If you don’t live in Arizona you can still connect with Channel 5 through Facebook and other means found at: http://www.kpho.com/category/230676/connect-with-cbs5az

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By Kim Merrill on February 08, 2013
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Hi-Kim here. We get a lot of families here at Meteor Crater, but this week we had the Watts in the World family! Meteor Crater will be featured in a 5 min. episode of their show on the Everyday Family TV channel and a post on the blog. While the family was visiting us they went on a tour with our head tour guide Eduardo and interviewed him for their program. It was GREAT having them here.

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By Kim Merrill on February 08, 2013
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Hi Kim here. This month we have another “Hot Off the Press.” It is “Frequently Asked Questions - Asteroid 2012 DA14-Earth Fly by Reality Check.” On February 15 a 150 foot asteroid will “pass inside the ring of geosynchronous weather and communications satellites.” But don’t man the spaceships for evacuation yet. The Q&A article tells us that “The orbit of asteroid 2012 DA14 is well understood – it will not come any closer than 17,150 miles (27,650 kilometers) above Earth's surface during its flyby on Feb 15, 2013” -therefore no chance of impact. You can read the entire article at:http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/asteroidflyby.html , but keep your eyes on the sky.

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By Kim Merrill on February 01, 2013
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Hi-Kim here. This week our “Hot Off the Press” is a story about the  “Comet of the Century?”  This November we may all be treated to a dazzling show – one we could even see in the daytime! It’s Comet ISON and the article tells us, “On Nov. 28, 2013, this “dirty snowball” will fly through the sun's atmosphere little more than a million km from the stellar surface. If the comet survives--a big IF--it could emerge glowing as brightly as the Moon, briefly visible near the sun in broad daylight. The comet's dusty tail stretching into the night sky could create a worldwide sensation." Be sure to mark your calendars and watch the sky. You can read the entire article at: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2013/18jan_cometison/

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By Kim Merrill on January 24, 2013
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Hi – Kim here. Last week I posted some information about work being done by Dr. Kring here at Meteor Crater. Here is some more information about the work in Dr. Kring’s own words: “In January, when renovation of the Visitor Center exposed the impact ejecta blanket, a team of scientists from Houston’s Center for Lunar Science and Exploration measured the size distribution of rock in that ejecta. That data will help scientists understand how rock was pulverized in the explosive impact event and how 175 million metric tons of debris was ejected to form the 1.25 kilometer crater. The data will also be used to evaluate the impact processes that shape the surface of the Moon, Mars, and asteroids.” We thank Dr. Kring for this great information.

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By Kim Merrill on January 18, 2013
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Hi- Kim here. As mentioned earlier in this blog, we are currently undergoing construction in our admissions building area; also as mentioned before Meteor Crater is still undergoing active research. We have now combined the two and have used the construction as an opportunity to examine material that was ejected from the crater. These rocks were ejected upon impact of the meteorite and have not been uncovered before. Dr. Kring, our geologist from NASA Lunar Planetary Institute was here with his team to study this intriguing material. It’s always great having Dr. Kring and his team here. We look forward to their findings.

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By Kim Merrill on January 13, 2013
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Hi – Kim here. This month in history tragedy stuck NASA twice. In January 27, 1967 three astronauts scheduled for Apollo 1 lost their lives when a fire swept through the Command Module in a preflight test. Then on January 28, 1986 seven astronauts perished when the shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight. The accident was caused by the failure of an O-ring. These Astronauts and others from the many successful flights are honored on our American Astronauts Wall of Fame in our Astro Park. Be sure to stop and visit it when you come to see us. 

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By Kim Merrill on January 06, 2013
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Hi – Kim here. As mentioned earlier in this blog some new improvements are being made here at Meteor Crater. We are now starting construction on the Admissions area and everyone is very excited! Be sure to stop by and see our progress!

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By Kim Merrill on December 29, 2012
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Hi-Kim here. This month our “Hot Off the Press” is the article “Big Asteroid Tumbles Harmlessly Past Earth.” Asteroid 4179 Toutatis may have missed the Earth on Dec 12, but scientists didn’t miss the opportunity to study this 4.5 km object. As it passed 7 million km away (18 times further that the moon) NASA's Goldstone radar in the Mojave Desert pinged the space rock every day from Dec. 4th through 22nd.  The echoes highlighted the asteroid's topography and improved the precision with which researchers know the asteroid's orbit. You can read more about this event at: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/12dec_toutatis/

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By Kim Merrill on December 15, 2012
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Hi Kim here. We had snow last night and today we have a blanket of white covering everything including our crater! Stop by and see our winter wonderland.

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By Kim Merrill on December 08, 2012
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Hi-Kim here. We at Meteor Crater want to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays.

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By Kim Merrill on November 30, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. Our December “Hot Off the Press” is the JPL article “Asteroid Belts at Just the Right Place are Friendly to Life.” Surprised? It does sound strange because asteroids are often considered a threat. But as the article states, “…asteroid collisions with planets may provide a boost to the birth and evolution of complex life. Asteroids may have delivered water and organic compounds to the early Earth.” You can read the article at: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2012-345&cid=release_2012-345

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By Kim Merrill on November 24, 2012
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Hi - Kim here. Meteor Crater Enterprises recently completed a Master Planning process that will guide us through an estimated 20 million dollars in improvements. Our first stage will be a new fully enclosed ticket building. We will be breaking ground for that soon! Meteor Crater will stay open during construction so be sure to come by and see all the new developments.

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By Kim Merrill on November 11, 2012
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Hi- Kim here. On November 12th the Taurid meteor shower will peak as the Earth passes through the gravelly debris from Comet Encke. This shower has a slow rate, only about 5 shooting stars per hour. However, the Taurids tend to be fireballs, making it a show worth watching. In our exhibit “Earth at Risk” we have a telescope that shows you what a meteor shower is like. Be sure to take a peak when you come to visit. You can learn more about the Taurid shower at: http://spaceweather.com.  We also want to take this chance to say thank you veterans for your service.

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By Kim Merrill on November 03, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. This month (November 30th to be exact) a woman in Sylacauga, Alabama was struck by a meteorite - the only documented injury from a meteorite fall in modern history. We tell of this event in one of our displays in the museum. While sleeping on her couch Elizabeth Hodges was startled awake as a small meteorite crashed through her ceiling, bounced off the radio and struck her on the hip. She was not permanently injured and she donated the meteorite to the Alabama Museum of Natural History in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Be sure to read about this amazing event when you come to visit the museum. You can also read about it online at: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/meteorite-strikes-alabama-woman 

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By Kim Merrill on October 27, 2012
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Hi –Kim here. This month our “Hot Off the Press” is entitled ‘NASA’s WISE Colors in Unknowns On Jupiter Asteroids” Are there Trojan Horses in space? In a way – there are. Jovian Trojans are “… asteroids that orbit the sun on the same path as Jupiter. Like racehorses, the asteroids travel in packs, with one group leading the way in front of the gas giant, and a second group trailing behind.” The Jovian Trojans are named after the Trojan Horse of Greek legend. Findings from the WISE telescope give us new clues as the origins of these mysterious asteroids. You can read the article at: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2012-322&cid=release_2012-322

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By Kim Merrill on October 14, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. Yesterday we were treated to a view we hadn’t seen for a while – snow on the San Francisco Peaks. It’s the first snow of the season and as you can see, it’s beautiful. Plus we’re enjoying our great mild fall weather. We hope to see you here sometime soon!

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By Kim Merrill on October 06, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. No it’s not a monster movie. It’s actually the two meteor showers that happen in October. The Draconids peaks on October 7-8 and the Orionids peaks October 21. It’s best to watch them in a place that has dark skies, like our RV Park here at Meteor Crater. If you can, after you see us at Meteor Crater, go to the RV Park to camp under the stars (or the falling stars). For more information about these showers visit: http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/earthskys-meteor-shower-guide

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By Kim Merrill on September 29, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. Today we helped celebrate the 2012 Flagstaff Festival of Science. The official website says “The Flagstaff Festival of Science serves to connect and inspire the citizens of Northern Arizona, especially our youth, with the wonders of science and the joy of scientific discovery.” It was great seeing everyone and especially the young future scientists.

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By Kim Merrill on September 21, 2012
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Hi-Kim here. We had an unexpected visitor today – a porcupine wandered into our parking lot. He was humanely captured and here he is getting ready for his trip to be released back into the wild. He will be much happier there and can tell all his friends about his adventure. You can see all kinds of wildlife here at Meteor Crater.

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By Kim Merrill on September 21, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. This month our “Hot Off the Press” is called “Disappearing Asteroid.”  It tells about an explosion on Jupiter that was witnessed by armature astronomers. It is though that, “The giant planet absorbed the explosion and swallowed the remains of the asteroid whole.” Yummy! Asteroids for lunch! You can read the article at: http://spaceweather.com/ where you can also keep up to date with recent and upcoming Near Earth Asteroids.

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By Kim Merrill on September 15, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. The summer rains have brought out the colorful side of the desert. Our flowers are blooming everywhere - including along our path for the guided rim tour. Here are some rubber rabbit bushes blooming along the trail giving it a touch of gold. Hope you get to come see Meteor Crater and our flowers soon.

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By Kim Merrill on September 08, 2012
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Hi-Kim here. As we have mentioned before in this blog, lots of animals call Meteor Crater home. Here is one of our lizards. This little guy has decided to take up residence near the door we use for our tours. He often comes out to wish us well as we leave or welcome us back. If you come to visit us maybe he will come out to say Hi! to you too.

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By Kim Merrill on August 31, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. Got water? If not you might want to try stopping by the Moon. Our “Hot Off the Press” article this month is “Walls of Lunar Crater May Hold Patchy Ice, LRO Radar Finds” (The LRO is the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter). The LRO has found that a permanently shaded lunar crater may hold patchy ice -  as much as 5 to 10 percent by weight. The article goes on to say, “These findings support the long-recognized possibility that areas of permanent shadow inside polar impact craters are sites of the potential accumulation of water.” You can read the entire article at: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/news/shackleton-ice.html

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By Kim Merrill on August 25, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. Did you happen to catch the latest “How the Universe Works” on the Sci Channel? If you did you saw Meteor Crater! It was an episode called “Asteroids” and talked about how “asteroids shaped our past and promise much for the future.” Watch the skies and your local listings because you may see “Asteroids” coming again soon. (our area is playing the show again next week).

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By Kim Merrill on August 19, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. It’s our monsoon season and along with the rain we also get beautiful rainbows. Here is a picture of one we had yesterday. If you come to visit us you might get to see one too.

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By Kim Merrill on August 12, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. Have you ever wondered about the impact that killed the dinosaurs? Well now you can learn about it on the Discovery Channel’s 8 part series called, “How the Earth Works”.” The segment about the dinosaurs was filmed here at Meteor Crater. Pioneer Productions out of the UK was at the crater filming the show this week. We can’t wait see the finished project.

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By Kim Merrill on August 04, 2012
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Hi-Kim here. For the month of August our "Hot Off the Press" is information about the Perseids shower. This month the heavens will provide us with another light show as the Perseids shower rains down on the Earth. This shower has been observed for about 2000 years and comes to us courtesy of the Swift-Tuttle comet. It will begin around the evening of the 8/11 and continue on to the morning of the 8/13. Be sure to catch the show!

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By Kim Merrill on July 29, 2012
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Hi- Kim here. If you have read about our crater (or read the post on 4/14/12) you may know that Dr. Eugene Shoemaker was the scientist that proved, beyond any doubt, that Meteor Crater is the product of a giant impact event. He also trained the astronauts here at the crater. Dr. Shoemaker longed to go to the Moon as an Apollo astronaut but a medical condition prevented him from doing so. However, on July 31, 1999 his dream was in, a way fulfilled. On that day a memorial carrying Dr. Shoemakers ashes crashed into the moon, making him the first inhabitant of Earth to be sent to rest on a celestial body. The memorial was aboard the Lunar Prospector. Be sure to check out our exhibit about Dr. Shoemaker when you come to visit. You can also read more about him at: http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/sl9/news81.html

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By Kim Merrill on July 20, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. On this day (July 20th) 1969  the first humans set foot on the moon. “An estimated 530 million people watched Armstrong's televised image and heard his voice describe the event as he took "...one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind" As you may know, the Apollo astronauts trained here at Meteor Crater! They learned geology and tested equipment in preparation for the moon landings. To read more about Apollo 11 - the very first moon landing - you can go to the site: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/missions/apollo11.html

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By Kim Merrill on July 14, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. Recently we had a film crew from BBC Scotland come to see us here at Meteor Crater. They were filming a show called “Made in the USA”   - a “fun and fact filled travel log” for children. Here is a picture of the film crew hard at work. It was great having them here.

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By Kim Merrill on July 06, 2012
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Hi  - Kim here.  This month our “Hot Off the Press” is entitled “Dawn Mission Video Shows Vesta's Coat of Many Colors.”  Currently scientists are draping high-resolution false color images over a 3-D model of the Vesta, (this asteroid has been mentioned on previous posts in this blog). This image has helped researchers study different types of materials in the asteroid. Soon we will be bidding farewell to Vesta. “The spacecraft is currently spiraling up from its lowest-altitude orbit into its final science orbit, where its average altitude will be about 420 miles (680 kilometers). Dawn is scheduled to leave Vesta around Aug. 26.”  You can read this article at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-156&cid=release_2012-156

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By Kim Merrill on June 30, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. Today we had a science teacher come by in a “period costume” to see the crater. He is making a film for his science class. As you know the Apollo astronauts trained at Meteor Crater so this was a fun idea. Her he is “working” on his ship. Everyone enjoyed seeing him in his “space suite.”

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By Kim Merrill on June 17, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. Meteor Crater is in the news! Or at least in a segment called “Exploring Arizona.” Arizona’s local news channel 12 was out here this week filming for this segment. It will air in about two weeks on the 5pm news. You can also catch it at their site http://www.azcentral.com/12news/  It was great having them here and we’re excited to see the final production.

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By Kim Merrill on June 09, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. Yesterday we had the Tokyo Broadcasting Company visiting here filming for their program “Wonders of the World.” They are traveling along RT 66, their destination – Disneyland’s Cars Land (opening soon)! They are stopping by various places along RT 66 and came by to include us in their program. We are glad they let us be part of their project.

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By Kim Merrill on June 03, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. It’s the good old summertime and we have started our summer hours. To take advantage of the longer days our hours are 7am to 7pm daily. We hope you spend some time with us this season.

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By Kim Merrill on May 26, 2012
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Hi- Kim here. This month our “Hot Off the Press” is the article “NASA Survey Counts Potentially Hazardous Asteroids.” Did you know “findings indicate there are roughly 4,700 PHAs, plus or minus 1,500, with diameters larger than 330 feet (about 100 meters)? So far, an estimated 20 to 30 percent of these objects have been found.” This information comes from Observations by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). You can read the entire article at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-138&cid=release_2012-138   And keep watching the sky!

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By Kim Merrill on May 19, 2012
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Hi-Kim here. And…They were here. The astronomers came with their solar telescopes and viewers to watch the eclipse. As Robyn posted earlier on this blog these folks are graduate students from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Thanks to these grad students everyone was able to watch a spectacular show as the moon passed between the Earth and the sun. It was a wonderful event and we were glad they joined us here for the eclipse.

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By Kim Merrill on May 12, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. It is spring and that is the time of year that many school groups come to visit us here at Meteor Crater. This week one of our groups was Mesquite Elementary from Gilbert, AZ. They included us on their three day field trip to various sites. It was wonderful having them here.

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By Kim Merrill on April 28, 2012
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Hi- Kim here. This month our "Hot Off the Press" is an article entitled “SIERRA FIREBALL DECODED”. You may have read about it, you may have even seen it. It was a fireball that tore across the sky and shook homes from Central California to Reno, NV It is estimated that the object was the size of a minivan!  You can see articles about this event on our Facebook page. You can read “SIERRA FIREBALL DECODED” at http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=25&month=04&year=2012

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By Kim Merrill on April 20, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. Our observation decks provide a number of telescopes so you can see Meteor Crater up close and personal. This week we replaced two of the ones we had with brand new telescopes. Viewing through the telescopes is always free and included in the price of admission, so be sure to take a peak through them when you come to visit.

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By Kim Merrill on April 14, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. This month we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Eugene Shoemaker. Dr Shoemaker was born on April 28, 1928. It was Dr. Shoemaker’s work at Meteor Crater that proved beyond any doubt it was caused by an impact event. Renowned both as a geologist and an astronomer, Dr. Shoemaker was also a member of the Board of Directors of The Spaceguard. A Nasa website tells us, “In1961 he took a leading role in the USGS venture, in Flagstaff, Arizona, into the study of "astrogeology", the Ranger missions to the moon and the training of the astronauts.” Tragically…

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By Kim Merrill on April 07, 2012
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Hi-Kim here. This month our “Hot Off the Press” is the article “Asteroid 2011 AG5 – A Reality Check.” This article explains that, while this asteroid has been getting a lot of attention, it only ranks as a 1 on the Torino Impact Hazard Scale. The Torino Scale helps to rate the hazards that various objects pose to Earth.  “1” on the scale means, in part that, “Current calculations show the chance of collision is extremely unlikely with no cause for public attention or public concern.” The article goes on to say:

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By Kim Merrill on March 30, 2012
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Hi Kim here. This week our new movie “IMPACT Mystery of Meteor Crater” started showing in our theater here at Meteor Crater. In this ten minute high definition film you will learn about our crater and see other craters throughout the world. You will hear about the importance of the Apollo astronaut training done here at Meteor Crater and why research continues even now. You will also discover why we study impacts and meteors. Plus the movie reveals information about tracking objects in space that might be heading our way. The movie is included in the price of admission so be sure to watch it when you come to visit us.

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By Kim Merrill on March 17, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. On Wednesday I had the opportunity to give a presentation to the Rimstones Rock Club in Payson, AZ. We discussed the origin and history of Meteor Crater in addition to discussing the geology of the crater. They were a great group and I was glad I had the chance to meet with them

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By Kim Merrill on March 10, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. This month marks the 3rd  year anniversary of our Basket Meteorite’s return home.  The meteorite was originally found by a local rancher but was stolen from the museum on August 12, 1968 never to be seen again until….

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By Kim Merrill on March 03, 2012
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Hi-Kim here. As you may know Meteor Crater has appeared in several documentaries. You can see one of these films on March 6 if you get the H2 (History 2) channel. It is called “Meteors: Fire in the Sky” and discusses what could happen if a meteorite hit in a metropolitan are. (spoiler alert: it wouldn’t be a good thing). So watch you local listings because you just never know when our crater might pop up on your TV.

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By Kim Merrill on February 25, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. Our “Hot Off the Press” this month is an article that talks about a number of unusual fireballs observed around the USA this month. These events have researchers wondering if Earth is passing through a special "February swarm" of meteoroids. You may have also seen this item mentioned on our Facebook. The article is called “The Fireballs of February.” The piece states, “It’s not the number of fireballs that has researchers puzzled. So far, fireball counts in February 2012 are about normal. Instead, it's the appearance and trajectory of the fireballs that sets them apart.” You can read the entire article at: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/22feb_februaryfireballs/

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By Kim Merrill on February 18, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. On February 12, 1947 the first recorded crater forming impact hit near Sikhote –Alin, Russia. Most impacts, like the one here at Meteor Crater, happened before recorded history. The website http://www.sikhote-alin.org/sikhote-alin-1947.html says  “The meteorite impacted the mountains with a huge explosion which was felt over 100 miles away. It made over 120 craters of varying sizes. The largest reported crater was 20 feet deep and 85 feet across.”  In our museum…

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By Kim Merrill on February 03, 2012
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Hi - Kim here. This month our “Hot Off the Press” is an article called “Vesta Likely Cold and Dark Enough for Ice.” Previously in this blog you have heard about Vesta, a large body in the asteroid belt currently being studied. New information about this fascinating asteroid has recently been released. Vesta is considered dry, however “…roughly half of the giant asteroid Vesta is expected to be so cold and to receive so little sunlight that water ice could have survived there for billions of years…”

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By Kim Merrill on January 21, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. The folks here at Meteor Crater all thought an impact 65 million years ago killed the dinosaurs, but we were wrong. Today we had one stop by with his human traveling companion. Unfortunately the dinosaur could not come in, but his companion told us he was a good traveler and didn’t eat much. Like we say, you never know what you will see here at Meteor Crater.

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By Kim Merrill on January 07, 2012
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Hi – Kim here. While visiting Meteor Crater you might notice the rocks have something growing on them. What you see are lichens. The University of California website (http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/) tells us that “Lichens are unusual creatures. A lichen is not a single organism the way most other living things are, but rather it is a combination of two organisms which live together intimately.” So when you see these on the rock remember -  They’re alive!

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By Kim Merrill on December 31, 2011
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Hi- Kim here. Happy New Year! This month our “Hot Off the Press” is an article called “New App Helps NASA Keep Track Meteoroids.” Did you know that over 40 tons of meteoroids strike our planet every day? You might say “WOW! That’s a lot but what can I do about it?” If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod you can help NASA track them with their new App. It lets you register brightness and even make comments. To read the entire article and find where to download the App go to: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/13dec_meteorcounter/

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By Kim Merrill on December 24, 2011
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Hi-Kim here. This week we didn’t just have human visitors – we had PF (Pink Flamingo) stop by with his human traveling companions. They tell me he wanted to fly south for the winter. It was fun having them all here. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all.

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By Kim Merrill on December 17, 2011
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Hi- Kim here. At Meteor Crater we are all ready for the holidays. We want to wish everyone the very best Season Greetings and a very Merry Christmas.

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By Kim Merrill on December 10, 2011
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Hi – Kim here. Want to learn more about Meteor Crater? Space.com published an article entitled “Meteor Crater Helps Unlock Planetary History” by Leonard David. The article discusses such things as astronaut training here at Meteor Crater. You can read the article at: http://www.space.com/13868-barringer-meteor-crater-arizona-science-planets.html  also...

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By Kim Merrill on December 01, 2011
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Hi – Kim here. This month our "Hot Off the Press" has two articles that discuss the mysterious Geminid meteor shower which is due to peak on Dec.13th.  Most meteor showers come from comets but the Geminid shower comes from an object called 3200 Phaethon; an object that acts more like an asteroid and doesn’t shed enough debris to explain the Geminid shower. The articles names are: “The Geminids: Meteors from the Twilight Zone” and “Geminid Meteor Shower Defies Explanation.” You can find these articles on the following websites:

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By Kim Merrill on November 18, 2011
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Hi – Kim here. The BBC and the Discovery Channel were at Meteor Crater this week filming their new documentary “Earth’s Wild Ride.” It’s about the trip our Earth takes around our Sun. Be sure to watch for it.

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By Kim Merrill on November 12, 2011
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Hi - Kim here. Did you know that most of the Apollo Astronauts that trained here were military men as well? Thank you, all veterans for your service.

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By Kim Merrill on November 05, 2011
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Hi - Kim here. We woke up to snow on the San Francisco Peaks. This range is home to Mt. Humphreys, the highest point in Arizona. Clouds are hiding the top of the mountain, but you can see the bottom of the range peaking out showing off the new snow cover.

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By Kim Merrill on October 29, 2011
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Hi – Kim here. Our “Hot Off the Press” for November has two articles. The first is “NASA in Final Preparations for Nov. 8 Asteroid Flyby.” On that date an aircraft carrier size asteroid will pass by the Earth. At one point it will be closer to us than the Moon! Also...

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By Kim Merrill on October 22, 2011
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Hi – Kim here. The weather is beautiful and lots of different groups are visiting Meteor Crater. On Saturday we had, among others, the NAU Elderhostel stop by. It was wonderful having them here.

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By Kim Merrill on October 15, 2011
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Hi – Kim here. And this is Darrin, our newest member of the tour guide team. He started working at Meteor Crater over the summer as a cashier and now he is on the trail.  Welcome aboard Darrin.

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