Updated and current February 01, 2018

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Sending a sample for testing

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Buschhof, Latvia, L6 chondrite, Fell 1863

Important: Click on this link and read before sending a sample

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This meteorite examination, verification and authentication service is an educational outreach program from New England Meteoritical Services, online since 1994. It is available to anyone who would like to know if they have found a meteorite. The program offers a fast turnaround and is inexpensive. The cost is dependent upon how quickly you need to know if you have a meteorite.

You may have found a meteorite but please do not email photographs. While some of the well-known meteorites like Allende and a few others can be verified through hi-res images, most cannot. This can only be done accurately through lab examination.

Dimmitt, Texas, H3.7 chondrite, found 1942
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How to send a sample for testing.

You do not need to submit the entire sample unless it is very small. All that is needed is a small, marble-sized sample or several grams for testing. Simply break or chip off a piece from any area of your sample (BE CERTAIN TO USE EYE, FACE, and HAND PROTECTION IF CUTTING OR CHIPPING A SAMPLE FROM A ROCK). Do not worry about affecting the value (if real). It is routine to take an "authentication slice" from suspected meteorites. Without this process there is no way to be absolutely sure if your sample is a meteorite.

Krasnojarsk, Russia, Pallasite, found 1749
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Please do not send any samples larger than golf ball size. If you need to send a larger sample, please email us for the additional return postage costs.

Testing is inexpensive.

Depending upon how quickly you need the information on your sample, three testing time frames are offered. "Regular Service", "3-Day Service", and "Express Service". Please include your email address with your samples.

Camel Donga, Australia, Eucrite, found 1984
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Regular Service - $ 25.00, testing within 10 to 14 days, sample(s) returned by First Class US Mail within the USA, with your examination information. Up to three samples may be submitted for the $20.00 Regular Service testing cost.

3-Day - $ 35.00, your sample(s) will be tested within three days of receipt and returned by US Mail within the USA, with your examination information. Up to three samples may be submitted for the $30.00 Three-Day Service testing cost.

Express Service - $ 45.00, sample(s) will be tested within one day of receipt (not Sunday or Holiday's) and you will be notified of the results via email the same day of testing. The examination information will be returned within the USA, with your submitted sample(s).

Portales Valley, New Mexico, H6 chondrite, Fell 1998
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Additionally, with the Express service, if your sample is not a meteorite we will send you an authentic, lab-prepared meteorite section to help you to better understand some of the visual characteristics of meteorites. Up to three samples can be sent for the $45.00 Express Service testing cost. Please include your email address in the package.

Please note: If requesting Express service we will email the results the same day of testing. Please make sure that our email address is not filtered as SPAM or Junk mail by your mail program.

Please mark on the outside of your package: "Regular", "Three-Day", or "Express Testing".

Murchison, Australia, Carbonaceous chondrite, CM2, Fell 1969
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A small box or padded envelope works well for sending samples.

Please do not ask to "drop your samples off", we do not have any over-the-counter services to accommodate hand-delivery and cannot accept UPS, FedEx, or DHL deliveries. You must send the samples by the USPS.

Send the sample(s), with payment (check, Money Order) made payable to New England Meteoritical Services, for your choice of testing service options to:

New England Meteoritical Services
P.O. Box 440
Mendon, MA 01756 USA

Gao-Guenie, Burkina Faso, H5 Fell 1960
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Sending samples from outside of the USA.

The testing charge is the same as listed above (in USD) but please email us for additional mailing and payment information. We accept PayPal for all international sample testing.

Odessa, Texas. Iron, IAB, found 1922

If you have any questions please email, you will receive a quick and courteous response.



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Important: For all samples sent from outside the United States, they must be sent to the address below through your country's Postal Service. We cannot accept UPS, FedEx, or DHL deliveries.

New England Meteoritical Services
P.O. Box 440
Mendon, MA 01756 USA

Cangas de Onis, H5, Spain, Fell 1866  



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