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Archive for Sunday, May 10, 2009

Hunt for meteorite subject of TV show

May 10, 2009

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— The hunt almost four years ago for a meteorite in western Kansas is one of the subjects of a Science Channel special premiering tonight.

Steve Arnold and Phil Mani of San Antonio started searching for the space rocks in Kiowa County in September 2005. Using off-road vehicles and giant metal detectors, they found a 1,400-pound meteorite seven feet under a wheat field near Brenham Township.

Kiowa County’s meteorites are world-famous for their gemlike qualities when cut. They likely fell centuries ago, breaking into fragments.

Arnold and meteorite collector Geoffrey Notkin filmed their portions of “Meteorite Men” in October. Other segments were filed in Arizona.

The show, which could become an ongoing program, airs today at 8 p.m. on Sunflower Broadband channel 106.

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