Up early with Cyrus. We’re flying w/@B612Foundation @astroedlu and then hiking into the center of the Barringer Crater in AZ- one of the top ten biggest and the best preserved meteor craters in the world. We also have lunch with astronomer Carolyn Shoemaker- co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 and holder of the world record for most comets discovered. This is a bucketload day for father and son. We are so excited. We are going with astronaut Ed Lu and the B612 Foundation- which has a stated goal of shooting special satellites into deep space to better detect and then deflect meteors that have the potential to end life as we know it on our Planet. I’ve joined the Strategic Advisory Board to help make their vision come true. As Ed likes to say they might be working on the most important project on the planet ;) more info at B612Foundation.org
“Some 49,000 years ago a large nickel-iron meteorite “just” 150 ft across, weighing several hundred thousand tons (~300,000) and traveling at a speed of 40,000 miles per hour, hit Earth. The result of this meteor lies 55 km east of Flagstaff, Arizona and is called the Barringer Crater. The force generated by the impact was equal to the explosion of 20 million tons of TNT. Picture that.
It measures 0.75 miles (1.2 km) across, is 575 ft (175 m) deep and has a rim 148 ft (45 m) higher than the surrounding plain. Discovered in 1902, the Barringer Crater was named after Daniel Barringer, a successful mining engineer.”