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Marissa Fanady

Marissa Fanady has been an active member of the meteorite community since 2011 as well as an active member of the astronomy community since 2010. During this time she has amassed the largest privately owned meteorite collection in Ohio, attends numerous outreach programs with a local astronomy club to educate the public about these rocks from space, and became the Publication Secretary for this astronomy club as well as a writer. She has traveled out to the American southwest to hunt for meteorites and became the first physically disabled individual to hunt for meteorites and was successful in her search. Marissa has the long term goal of returning to college to dedicate her life to studying and finding meteorites, continue to make meteorites accessible to everyone, and promote the education of meteorites and defense against future asteroid impacts.

The Willamette Meteorite

The Willamette meteorite was found in 1902 in the town of Willamette, Oregon and is classified as a type IIIAB medium octahedrite iron meteorite. This incredible space rock weights an astonishing 15.5 tons or 32,000 pounds, making this space gem the largest meteorite found in the United States and the sixth largest meteorite in the world!

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