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Published on Aug 20, 2013
The main mass of the Sutter's Mill meteorite fall (on April 22, 2012, California's Sierra foot hills), SM 53 weighing 205 gram, was acquired by a consortium of five institutions on August 21, 2013 for permanent preservation and scientific research purposes. The X-ray CT scan of the main mass shows the cutlines for the five institutions: University of California at Davis, California (cyan 5%), Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona (yellow 13%), the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. (red 32%), American Museum of Natural History in New York City (green 34%), and The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago (blue 16%). This is the first consortium meteorite acquisition that was X-ray CT scanned prior to its division, allowing its cutting with prior knowledge of the contents of each piece with advanced intelligence of the 3-D internal distribution of the types of material. The X-ray CT was performed at Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging at UC Davis by Dr. Doug Rowland with Xradia MicroXCT-200 for the consortium. Image resolution: 44.9 micron/voxel, Field of View: palm size