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King Tut’s dagger is made of meteorite

New analysis carried out on the blade of a dagger found buried with King Tutankhamen has revealed that it was made out of a meteorite. The dagger was found by archeologist Howard Carter in 1925, three years after he discovered King Tut's tomb. The dagger was in the wrapping surrounding the

Digital archaeologists preserve historic space launch sites

Archaeologists are working to photograph and digitally preserve the concrete and steel launch complexes from the early days of America's space program. Using new laser scanners and digital photography, researchers are creating amazing, detailed 3-D images of the launch complexes used for historic missions like John Glenn's Friendship 7, which made

Preserving out-of-this-world artifacts

Space archaeologists are initiating discussions regarding how to protect artifacts of historical interest that are not located on Earth, such as the Apollo landing site on the moon. Westwood said that in 1972 — near the end of the Apollo program — the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific,

Pieces of Saturn V rocket engines recovered from ocean floor

A team of researchers, assembled by's Jeff Bezos, have recovered pieces of the Saturn V moon rocket engines from the bottom of the Atlantic ocean. When the Saturn V moon rockets blasted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, their flight paths took them east, over the Atlantic ocean. The Saturns

Protecting our lunar history

Archaeologists are pushing for protection of the Apollo landing sites from future visitors to the moon. “I think it’s humanity’s heritage,” said Beth L. O’Leary, a professor of anthropology at New Mexico State University. “It’s just an incredible realm that archaeologists haven’t begun to look at until now.” Dr. O’Leary herself had

Space archaeologist profile

ABC Science has posted an short interview with Alice Gorman, a space archaeologist. When I tell people I'm a space archaeologist… The first reaction is that they assume that I'm using remote sensing to look at sites on Earth. Then I say: 'No, no, no, I'm actually looking at rockets and planetary

Space suit preservation

You might think that the space suits astronauts wore during the famous missions of the 1960's and 70s might be invincible, but apparently they are already starting to deteriorate...and fast. Now the National Air & Space Museum is scrambling to find a way to preserve them. The more than 270 space