Monday, December 5, 2011

Is Meteorite Hunting in Antarctica a Wasteful Project?

The Antarctic Search for Meteorites (Ansmet) is beginning its 35th year of searching for and collecting meteorites in Antarctica.  The program is quite successful at finding meteorites, but what value does it have?  It was recently listed at #75 on a list of 100 most wasteful projects.  The report was made by two Senators (McCain and Coburn).  It does seem that the project has collected a lot of meteorites and that there certainly are more to find in Antarctica.  However, what is the value of finding the meteorites?  I am not saying they have no value, but I cannot really figure out the practical value the meteorite hunting has.

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