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Matilda Pfeiffer Museum Presents Program on the Paragould Meteorite

Posted Saturday, February 6, 2010, at 9:10 PM

On display at the Matilda Pfeiffer Museum are 3 stones from outer space-meteorite samples from the Paragould record-setting impact (on right), and rocks chemically analyzed to have come from the Moon and Mars. These will be on display at the presentation by Renshaw on the 80th anniversary of the Paragould Meteorite, Feb. 17.
On Wednesday, February 17, at 3 PM, the Matilda Pfeiffer Museum (next to the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum, off West Clay Street, Piggott) will present Piggott resident and NASA Solar System Ambassador, Kenneth Renshaw, in a presentation about the famed Paragould Meteorite.

That day will also be the 80th anniversary of the meteorite fall, which, at 820 pounds, was, at that time, the largest stone meteorite in the world to be recovered. It is currently the fourth largest stony meteorite in the world, now located at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. A small piece of the meteorite from Renshaw's collection, now on permanent loan at the Museum, will be available for viewing at the presentation. The meteorite, along with another piece at 73 pounds, fell southwest of Paragould on February 17, 1930, at 4:08 AM, waking the area, and causing a cattle stampede. Parts of the stones are also on display at institutions around the world.

This presentation will also be made at the Greene County Library, sponsored by the Greene County Museum, at 120 North 12th Street, Paragould on Saturday, February 13 at 10 AM.

The public is invited.

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I thought of you and your interests when my son, Eric, and I watched the launch of STS 130 (Endeavor)Sunday morning at 4:14 AM from the Titusville, FL Spaceview Park. This was the last nighttime launch of this shuttle series. We thought it was spectacular!

The beauty of it made up for the scrub of the same mission the previous morning at 4:39 AM. We had driven up from Stuart, FL to see it, but there was too much of a cloud layer for a launch.

(I am Glen Snow. I grew up northwest of St. Francis and graduated from PHS in 1962)

-- Posted by gsnow on Wed, Feb 10, 2010, at 5:06 PM

Hi, Glen. I bet that was one spectacular launch. When you get to Piggott, come see me.

-- Posted by Kenneth Renshaw on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 11:32 PM

Hi Kenneth Wish I had known of your presentation earlier as I have several hundred meteorite specimens I could have loaned for the presentation, including a larger slice of the paragould meteorite , slovac and delaware. as well as some nice pallasites irons chondrites bencubbin, acap ect.



-- Posted by steved on Fri, Feb 26, 2010, at 12:51 AM

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Kenneth Renshaw NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador/Saturn Observation Campaign Kenneth is one of 494 volunteer educators and astronomers who donate their time to educate America's youth, and the general public, about astronomy and the U.S. space program. Organized in 1999 by NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab,it focuses on spacecraft built by the JPL such as Voyager, Mars Rover, Galileo, Cassini as well as the Hubble Space Telescope. Renshaw is one of four ambassadors in Arkansas, and makes presentations to all age and experience groups from pre-school to university science level. His official NASA website it www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Kenneth_Renshaw.htm His email address is renshaw@newwavecomm.net