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ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
They Came from Outer Space, The Exhibition, at Challenger Space Center Arizona is a look into the remarkable life and work of Geoff Notkin: author, explorer, science writer, meteorite specialist, photographer, and host of TV's hit series Meteorite Men.

Featured in the exhibition are many of the spectacular meteorites found by Geoff and his co-host Steve Arnold on Meteorite Men during their travels around the world, as well as original wardrobe and expedition gear, props, equipment, maps, and behind-the-scenes photographs. They Came from Outer Space opened in October, 2012 in the primary exhibit space at Challenger Space Center Arizona. It will run until October, 2014.

Most of the items presented in They Came from Outer Space have never before been seen in public, and this exhibition is a rare opportunity to share in the remarkable adventures of one of "the rock stars of science."

"The Meteorite Men Exhibit 'They Came From Outer Space' is an amazing experience for parents and kids. People travel from throughout Arizona and the Southwest to participate in the exhibition. Due to the rarity of the items, many of which have not been publicly viewed, it's a great opportunity for Challenger Space Center to generate tourism for Peoria, the West Valley and the State of Arizona."

— Scott Soldat, President/CEO, Peoria Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center

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[above] This $100,000 pallasite meteorite was found during the pilot episode of
Meteorite Men and is one of the highlights of the exhibit


[above] This iron meteorite displaying characteristic regmaglypts (thumbprint-like indentations)
is one of numerous exceptional specimens presented in They Came from Outer Space

ABOUT THE CURATOR
Geoff Notkin hosts the award-winning television adventure series Meteorite Men which airs on Science Channel in the United States, and Discovery Science worldwide. He has also appeared on American Chopper, The Best Places to Find Cash & Treasures, Wired Science, How the Earth was Made, Dealers, Arena, and other shows for Discovery, TLC, PBS, A&E, National Geographic Channel, History Channel, Travel Channel, and the BBC. Geoff is a science writer, meteorite specialist, photographer, world traveler, and the owner of Aerolite Meteorites LLC, an international company that provides meteorite specimens to collectors and institutions worldwide.

An award-winning author, Geoff has written more than 150 published articles on meteoritics, paleontology, astronomy, adventure travel, history, and the arts, with his work appearing in Astronomy, Astronomy Now, Sky & Telescope, American Digger, Wired, Reader’s Digest, The Village Voice, Seed, Rock & Gem, Geotimes, Meteorite, and many other national and international publications. He is the author of the books Meteorite Hunting: How To Find Treasure From Space and Rock Star: Adventures Of A Meteorite Man, the science column Meteorwritings on Geology.com, and a popular science and arts blog, The Logical Lizard, for TucsonCitizen.com.

Geoff has worked with most of the world’s major institutions including The American Museum of Natural History, New York; The Natural History Museum, London; The Vienna Museum of Natural History, Austria; The Center for Meteorite Studies at ASU, Tempe; and the Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Collection. He is a fellow of The Explorer’s Club, and a member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the International Meteorite Collectors’ Association, and the Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences. The minor planet 132904, discovered at Mount Palomar, was named after him in recognition of his contributions to science and education.


[above] They Came from Outer Space curator, Geoff Notkin, adventuring in the Atacama Desert, Chile

Adventuring has taken Geoff to forty-five countries and some of our planet’s most remote areas including Siberia, Chile’s Atacama Desert, the Australian Outback, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, rural Mexico, the Middle East, and he has three times crossed the Arctic Circle.

Fascinated by meteorites since he was a little boy, by the age of seven Geoff was already an avid rock hound and fossil collector. His father is an amateur astronomer and shared his love of stargazing. “I was stunned that you could actually see other worlds from a suburban London garden,” Geoff states: “I suppose the epiphany came when my mother took me to visit London’s Geological Museum. I was awed by the Hall of Meteorites and in a moment of revelation realized that studying and collecting meteorites would be a unique combination of geology and astronomy. I have been hooked ever since.”

Geoff was born on 14th street in Manhattan and grew up in London, England. He studied geology, astronomy, photography, writing, and design in London, Boston and New York, now resides in the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona, and considers Tucson his home.


[above] They Came from Outer Space curator, Geoff Notkin, at the exhibit, with some of the mannequins
displaying his actual field gear used during the filming of three seasons of Meteorite Men

 
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