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The Rice Science Café is a meeting where for the price of a cup of coffee or tea, a glass of wine or beer, anyone can come explore and debate the latest ideas in science and technology.

A science café's casual meeting place, plain language, and inclusive conversation create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for people with no science background. A scientist gives a brief presentation Black Labon an interesting topic in their area of expertise to kick off the discussion. The Science Café meets at the:

Black Labrador Pub
4100 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
Churchill Room - 1st floor

Located on Montrose Blvd. between Colquitt and W. Main (just north of Richmond Ave.)

Free parking is available in the garage behind the Black Lab.

Seating is first come first serve—the room has a limited capacity.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017   •   6:30 p.m.

Linda Welzenbach
Science Writer, Department of Earth Science
Rice University

Why do we go Antarctica to collect meteorites?

Antarctica is the world’s premier meteorite hunting-ground. In the last 40 years, we have collected over 20,000 meteorites from Antarctica — more than have been recovered over the entire Earth in the previous 500 years.
 
The Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) is an inexpensive, guaranteed way to recover pieces of the Moon, Mars, and asteroids. These rocks have been critical to understanding the history of our Solar System, providing essential "ground-truth" for our study of the asteroids and the planets, as well as providing scientific justification for many of our current and future space missions.

Linda Welzenbach will take us on a tour of meteorite collecting in Antarctica, why meteorites are so abundant there, what we have learned from them, and what it’s like to live for seven weeks on the Antarctic plateau — to be one of the first humans to find a pristine piece of another world.