[meteorite-list] Fwd: First Alabama stone found!
From: Rob Matson <mojave_meteorites_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2012 23:12:49 -0800
Thanks for the kind words about the Galactic Analytics team, and like
you, I want to congratulate Stephen Beck, Tommy Brown, Jerry Hinkle
and Robert Woolard for their impressive timetable in making the
first find in Alabama's latest fall. It's been an exciting year
for recovered meteorite falls in the US, and we would love nothing
more than to facilitate a 5th recovered fall before the calendar
year is out! I only wish that I had the time to contribute on both
analysis AND recovery of each fall. (I still plan to make it up to
the Novato area before year's end so that I can at least say I put
in some boot time on both of California's 2012 falls.)
Best of luck to those continuing to work the Alabama fall, and we
certainly look forward to seeing more images from the field!
From: meteorite-list-bounces at meteoritecentral.com on behalf of Michael
Sent: Sun 11/4/2012 8:44 AM
To: Marc Fries
Cc: Meteorite Mailing List
Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] Fwd: First Alabama stone found!
Congrats to the guys in the field, proving how valuable that Marc Fries and
Rob Matson's work is. Nothing can compare to boots on the ground, but that
radar data sure makes it faster:)
I saw the stone via email last night and could hardly contain myself.
Beautiful meteorite, long time in coming for Alabama. I am so happy that the
USA has now been graced with four recovered falls this year, and hoping a
few mo make it down before Tucson show. I was with Jerry in Battle Mountain
when he found a 52 gram stone under a bush, he worked hard and they deserve
the recognition for finding Alabama's first meteorite fall in more than 50
Sent from my iPad
On Nov 4, 2012, at 9:13 AM, Marc Fries
<chief_scientist at galacticanalytics.com> wrote:
> Hi List,
> ( Marc Fries was kind enough to host/post this to the list for me since I
can't send photos thru the List) Please see the exciting news below, as well
as a couple of photos of the stone.
> I am happy to have the pleasure of being able to announce that the first
stone from the new Alabama fall last Tuesday, Oct 30th has been found!
> A big CONGRATS to the team members Stephen Beck, Tommy Brown and Jerry
Hinkle on their beautiful find late yesterday evening (11-3-12), almost
exactly 4 days to the hour from the time of the fall. Great job, guys!
> No exact weight available yet, but best guess is near 60grams. Appears to
be an OC, possibly brecciated. This particular specimen has a prominent
metal vein on one corner.
> Also a big THANK YOU to Marc Fries, Jeff Fries, Rob Matson, and Jake
Schaefer for their fantastic work with the radar! Most List members probably
know that Jerry and I have been meteorite-hunting partners for over 20 years
now. We had just subscribed to Galactic Analytics on Friday, 11-2. I had to
work this weekend and couldn't join him (my wife said I should have asked
someone to work for me- she was right... again ;-) on this hunt, but Jerry
headed to Alabama Sat. morning with the maps, and by the end of the day, a
meteorite was in hand! Now if that isn't a great testimony to the value of
the GA radar map service, I don't know what would be. Great job by you guys,
> Now for a little back ground on the other members of the team and the
story of how these guys got together to find a "find-of-a-lifetime".
> Stephen Beck is a good friend of mine who has several very interesting
hobbies and a very successful practice, but meteorite hunting is something
he had never actually got to do. Ironically, I had told him less than two
weeks ago that the next time I went on a hunt I would definitely invite him.
How were we to know that it would only be a few days before HE would be
contacting me about his local news station there in AL describing a
tremendous fireball that evening, complete with sonic booms. Not 5 minutes
later, another friend sent me an email saying that Mike (Farmer) had just
called him from Germany saying he had just learned of the fall and that
there were almost certainly stones on the ground there. I told Jerry about
it and since he's living the good life now and had plenty of time to go, he
started making plans to go Sat morning. We arranged for him to meet up with
Stephen and his
> friend, Tommy Brown, who knew the area well. When they found the stone,
they sent me a photo and I forwarded it to Mike. No doubt about it!
> (see the photos of the stone that Marc is hosting for us)
> Best wishes,
> Robert Woolard
> Howdy, all - Marc Fries writing now...
> I have started up a gallery of meteorite photos on the Galactic Analytics
web page! I want to fill this gallery with pictures of meteorites that we
help you recover. I need to figure out how to add labels with the
meteorites' names and the names of the finder/owner, but here it is in a
simple state for now. This page will remain open to the public and will not
need a subscription to view.
> Pictures are available here:
> Congratulations to Stephen Beck, Tommy Brown, Jerry Hinkle, and Robert
Woolard for making the FIRST find of this fall! We are calling this
meteorite Add001 for now, but we may change the name (but not the number!)
if the name submitted to the Nomenclature Committee is different from
> Congratulations again!
> Marc Fries, Rob Matson, Jake Schaefer and Jeff Fries
> Galactic Analytics LLC
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