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Meteorite Men

Meteorite Men
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Meteorite hunters Steve Arnold and Geoff Notkin.
Genre Documentary / Reality
Presented by Steve Arnold, Geoff Notkin
Starring Steve Arnold, Geoff Notkin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 23 (including pilot)
Production
Executive producer(s) Eric Schotz
Producer(s) Sonya Gay Bourn, Ruth Rivin, Kathy Williamson, Bob Melisso, James Rowley
Location(s) American Southwest, American Midwest, Texas, Canada, Chile, Sweden, Australia
Camera setup Randall Love, German Abarca, Tim Murphy, Dave Marlin
Running time 45-48 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Science Channel
Original run May 10, 2009 (2009-05-10) – present
External links
Website

Meteorite Men is a documentary reality television series featuring two meteorite hunters. The pilot episode premiered on May 10, 2009. The full first season began on January 20, 2010 on the Science Channel. The second season premiered November 2, 2010 and season three began November 28, 2011.

Summary

Steve Arnold and Geoffrey Notkin are the Meteorite Men. They both visit areas around the world where meteorites have impacted with the Earth's surface. Steve is primarily a businessman, while Geoff is a passionate collector and science writer. Some of the specimens found on the show are sold to collectors, and some are donated to university collections. Professors and scientists at prominent universities including UCLA; ASU, Tempe; UA, Edmonton; and other institutions, such as NASA's Johnson Space Center, are featured. Meteorite Men has won two bronze Telly Awards. The show has also spawned a modern day "gold rush" as thousands of amateur meteorite hunters now scour the globe each year in search of meteorites that can be resold.[1]

Episodes

Season 1

# Title Original air date
1 "The Buzzard Coulee Fireball and Whitecourt Crater, Canada" 20 January 2010
The Meteorite Men head up to Alberta, Canada to search for meteorites around Whitecourt Crater after the Buzzard Coulee Fireball
2 "Odessa Meteorite Crater, Texas" 27 January 2010
The Meteorite Men search for pieces of a 63,000-year-old impact near Odessa, Texas with new detectors. 
3 "Tucson Ring Mystery, Southern Arizona" 3 February 2010
The Meteorite Men hunt for pieces of the elusive Tucson Ring in Southern Arizona
4 "The Gold Basin, Arizona" 10 February 2010
The Meteorite Men follow the work of Professor Jim Kriegh into a strewn field in Arizona inside National Park boundaries. After the hunt, Geoff and Steve take their samples Dr. Laurence Garvie at Arizona State University for further study. 
5 "The Dry Lake Bed, Nevada" 17 February 2010
The Meteorite Men hunt around dry lake beds in the Great Basin of Nevada
6 "Ash Creek Fall, Texas" 14 February 2010
Steve and Geoff explore Homestead, Iowa, where numerous large meteorites fell in 1875. 

Season 2

# Title Original air date
1 "Alpha Site, Kansas" 2 November 2010
Geoff and Steve return to their top-secret location in eastern Kansas where a rare pallasite meteorite contains extraordinary gem-quality olivine crystals. 
2 "Imilac, Chile" 9 November 2010
Located in Chile's Atacama Desert, the Imilac strewn field was the first place Geoff Notkin and Steve Arnold hunted together, some 13 years ago. With almost 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms) of meteorites found, Imilac is the site of the third-largest pallasite ever recovered and one of the few areas in the world littered with space rocks. Vaca Muerta, Chile -- Translated as "Dead Cow" in English, the Vaca Muerta strewn field is located near the small town of Taltal in the Atacama Desert. This area contains the rarest of all meteorites, the mesosiderite
3 "Monturaqui, Chile" 16 November 2010
This 1,509-foot-diameter (460-meter-diameter) crater is one of the best-preserved meteorite craters on the planet. Measuring 34 meters (112 feet) deep, the Monturaqui crater is often compared with the Bonneville crater on Mars. In the vast and arid Atacama Desert, San Juan is a newly discovered meteorite gold mine, where numerous different meteorites have been recovered, including the coveted carbonaceous chondrite
4 "Dugway , Utah" 23 November 2010
On Nov. 18, 2009, a fireball streaked across the midnight sky over western Utah. Using NEXRAD Doppler weather radar images and eyewitness testimony, the Meteorite Men track the strewn field down to Dugway Military Base. Military officials grant Geoff and Steve exclusive access to the base's dangerous ammunitions-testing grounds to search for remnants of the majestic fireball. 
5 "Mifflin, Wisconsin" 30 November 2010
On April 14, 2010, a fireball lit up the night sky. The sonic boom was heard for miles. As it was perhaps the most publicized meteorite fall in history, swarms of meteorite hunters flooded the scene in hopes of securing a piece of this famed fireball. 
6 "Muonionalusta, Sweden" 7 December 2010
With a terrestrial age estimated at more than 800,000 years old, the Muonionalusta meteorites have endured thousands of years' worth of glaciations and melting periods. As a result, thawing ice sheets have migrated the meteorites miles from their original impact site, making Muonionalusta among the largest and most challenging strewn fields on the planet. 
7 "Henbury, Australia" 14 December 2010
The Henbury meteorite strewn field consists of 12 craters that stretch across central Australia's outback. This engraved record of an ancient meteorite shower 4,700 years ago served as the inspiration for Aboriginal folklore and a shadow of dark superstition. 
8 "Mundrabilla, Australia" 21 December 2010
Located in the desolate and dangerous Nullarbor Plains, the Mundrabilla iron meteorites are known for their zoomorphic shapes. Roughly 700,000 years ago, the massive meteoroid showered along a strewn field more than 80 kilometers (50 mi) long. The largest masses, which tipped the scales at 16 tons and 6 tons, were recovered in 1966. 

Season 3

# Title Original air date
1 "Morasko, Poland" 28 November 2011
Poland was hit with a meteorite 5,000 years ago which resulted in a scarred landscape and seven craters. Geoff and Steve receive exclusive access to investigate the Morasko crater field for the first time. 
2 "Return to Sweden" 5 December 2011
Geoff and Steve venture north of the Arctic Circle on a quest for ancient buried space rocks near the site of the Muonionalusta site they visited in 2010. 
3 "Return to Whitecourt" 12 December 2011
The hosts return to Canada to retrieve materials from the Whitecourt crater before poachers can compromise the site. 
4 "Dronino" 19 December 2011
Geoff and Steve make the journey to Russia in search of one of the most rare and valuable meteorites on the planet-the ataxite. 
5 "Mojave" 26 December 2011
Geoff and Steve for meteorites at two locations in the Mojave Desert
6 "Sahuarita" 9 January 2012
The guys go to Arizona in search of an unclassified meteorite. 
7 "Homestead"
Steve and Geoff explore the strewnfield in Homestead, Iowa, where numerous large meteorites fell in 1875. 
8 "Pultusk"
In the season finale Geoff and Steve return to Poland where, along with their friend Marcin, they investigate the Pultusk meteorite fall from 1868. 

External links

  • Official website of the Meteorite Men
  • Official Meteorite Men Facebook page
  • Head Rush: Cool Jobs in Science featuring the Meteorite Men
  • Talking Space interview with the Meteorite Men
  • Almost Rocket Science podcast interview with the Meteorite Men
  • Meteorite science blog by Geoff of Meteorite Men
  • Internet Movie Database

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