Ever collected meteors on a cruise?

Retrieve a “fallen star” on an upcoming Antarctic cruise.

Taking unusual experiences to a whole new level, passengers on board this month’s Aurora Expeditions’ ‘Weddell Sea and Antarctic Peninsula’ voyage will accompany a renowned scientist to collect a rare 5 kilogram meteorite of “huge scientific interest” and bring it back to Australia.

Renowned paleontologist, geologist and ABC science reporter Dr Paul Willis was on an Aurora expedition in Antarctica in 2008 when he made the fascinating discovery on Seymour Island. At the time he was studying fossils on the island, recognised as the best place in the world to do so.

“We were looking for fossils on Seymour when I spied a grapefruit-size rock that was completely different to everything around it. I knew almost straight away what it was because it looked so unusual and because meteorites are relatively easy to find in Antarctica (there is no soil or vegetation covering them up),” Dr Willis said. “It was a fascinating specimen and, to my mind, one that ought to be collected and preserved for prosperity.”

However, Dr Willis didn’t have the permits required to collect the specimen so he returned to Australia with photographs and careful records of its location in the hope of retrieving it this time last year. However, the weather was harsh last year and so the voyage was postponed until this year.

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