Prairie Meteorite Network

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Prairie Meteorite Network
Formation 1939[1]
Extinction 1975 (36 years operation)[1]
Type Camera network
Legal status Defunct
Purpose Record meteorite falls
Region served
Midwestern United States
Parent organization
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

The Prairie Meteorite Network was a system of sixteen camera stations in Midwestern United States, run by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory[2] in the 1970s–1980s. The network used surplus aerocameras with 6.3–12 inch focal length wide angle metrogon lenses that covered a format of 9 x 18 inches on aero roll film. During ten years of network's activity only one meteorite fall was recorded, the Lost City meteorite in 1970.

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