Fourth Edition of the Field Training and Research Program at Meteor Crater

Fourth Edition of the Field Training and Research Program at Meteor Crater

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Meteor Crater was proud to host the fourth edition of the Field Training and Research Program at Meteor Crater this past September. This year’s class included fourteen doctoral students and one master’s student from U.S., Canada, Sweden and The Netherlands Universities.  It was truly a global collaboration!

Dr. David Kring, Senior Staff Scientist for the Lunar Exploration Initiative said “The first three days of the program involved intensive training, primarily along the crater rim. The students were then asked to make a day-long series of measurements of the ejecta blanket to further develop an intuitive feel for the physical and temporal scale of impact cratering processes.”  The last four days of the program involved mapping the impact ejecta on the southeast and east sides of the crater.

Fig. 1. Training along the crater rim included a discussion of the effects of the impacting iron asteroid and how it deformed the rock in the crater walls and along the crater rim.

Fig. 1. Training along the crater rim included a discussion of the effects of the impacting iron asteroid and how it deformed the rock in the crater walls and along the crater rim.

Fig. 2. Training along the crater rim also included discussion of material ejected from the crater, some of which existed along the crater rim.

Fig. 2. Training along the crater rim also included discussion of material ejected from the crater, some of which existed along the crater rim.

Meteor Crater RV Park was pleased to host all participants in this year’s Field Training and Research Program. Staying at the RV Park allowed participants to analyze the data collected from each day and made the program very productive compared to years past.

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We look forward to meeting the students and participants next year when we host the fifth edition of the Field Training and Research Program.  To learn more about the program please visit The Center for Lunar Science and Exploration website:  http://www.lpi.usra.edu/exploration/mcFieldCamp/?view=program.