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    UASARA IRON METEORITE - NEWLY CLASSIFIED, AN INCOMPARABLE EXAMPLE OF AN ORIENTED IRON METEORITE
    Iron - IIAB
    Antofagasta, Chile - coordinates unknown
    Closing the meteorite section is a specimen that would be a centerpiece of any museum collection. Found in Chile's Atacama Desert, Uasara, (which means 'desert' in the language of the Aymara people of the Andes), is among the finest examples of an oriented iron meteorite. As described in greater detail in lot 49038, oriented meteorites don't tumble or continually invert when falling to Earth. This can only occur when the mass of a meteorite is distributed in such a way as to maintain the same axis of orientation. Oriented meteorites were studied by rocket scientists, inspiring the heat shield design for the first manned space capsules, and the parabola seen here is the angle at which heat is most efficiently deflected from a falling body. With an elevated rollover lip and telltale flow lines of material that streamed off the meteorite during its frictional heating in Earth's atmosphere, this is the only Uasara mass. Accompanied by a custom magnetic armature and Lucite dome, Uasara is gripped by a rare-earth magnet on the cut surface, from which a sample was removed for scientific analysis. This is a distinguished example of a supremely well-balanced celestial cargo. 134 x 97 x 57mm (5.25 x 3.75 x 2.25 inches) and 3005.4 grams (6.6 pounds).


    Estimate: $45,000 - $55,000.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2012
    14th Sunday
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