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Meteorites fall on Earth every day, but most are never found because they land in the ocean or in an environment where they are difficult to spot against the background noise of other rocks. Antarctica is one of the best places in the world to hunt for meteorites, because they are easy to spot against the bright ice and because some of the glacial processes that prevail in Antarctica actually concentrate meteorites, exposing thousands of years' worth of meteorite falls at the surface of the glacial ice.

Since 1976, the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) project has conducted yearly expeditions to the Antarctic to find these meteorites and send them back to laboratories across Earth for study. During previous seasons, the ANSMET expedition team has posted daily blog entries via an Iridium satellite phone, which they have given permission to The Planetary Society to repost.

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The Antarctic search for meteorites: return to civilization

Posted 2009/01/29 02:25 CST | 0 comment

The team returns to civilization, having completed their Antarctic mission.

The Antarctic search for meteorites: snow ends the season

Posted 2009/01/26 02:25 CST | 0 comment

The team wraps up their collection activites.

The Antarctic search for meteorites: tantalizingly close to the 500-meteorite mark

Posted 2009/01/18 02:15 CST | 0 comment

The season total is at 489, tantalizingly close to the 500 meteorite barrier.

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