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Meteorite Testing, Verification, Authentication and Appraisal.

Updated and current - March 30, 2024

Laboratory Services


Sending a Sample for Testing


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.Bruderheim, stone meteorite, L6 chondrite. Fell 1960, Alberta, Canada
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Barred chondrule, Saratov meteorite, thin section study.


You may have found a meteorite but please do not email photographs. While some well-known meteorites can be verified through hi-res images, most cannot. Verification and Certification can only be done accurately through lab examination.

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Canyon Diablo, IAB, iron meteorite, Winslow, Arizona

How to send a sample for testing.

Note: The FAQ page has the most current information and is an important part of sending a sample. Please read.

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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 10 to 20 grams for testing. 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" or" testing slice" from suspected meteorites to examine the interior.

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

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Gibeon, IVA, iron meteorite, South Africa

Testing charge

The testing charge is $30.00 per sample. You can send up to 8 samples in one package. Please email us if you need to send more than eight samples.

It is important to include your name and email address for us to contact you if we have any questions.

The sample(s) and results will be mailed back within approximately 7 to 10 business days (usually sooner) by First Class, USPS mail with tracking. Actual delivery to your residence is dependent upon the USPS. We will email you if additional testing time is needed.

Send the sample(s), with payment (check, Money Order) made payable to New England Meteoritical Services to:

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

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Guenie, stone meteorite, H5 chondrite, Burkina Faso. Fell 1960.

A small box or padded envelope works well for sending samples. Do not send in a regular envelope, it is likely to be damaged in the Postal System and your sample may be lost.

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 through the USPS.

Questions? e-mail us : lab@meteorlab.com

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Vaca Muerta, Stoney-iron, mesosiderite. Atacama Desert, Chile

Sending samples from outside of the USA.

Please email for the current status of International testing.

e-mail: lab@meteorlab.com

Note: Testing is usually not done on Saturday, Sunday or Holidays.

Note: We do not email testing results. We send this information back with your sample or samples.

Note: We reserve the right to refuse to test samples not appropriate for testing.

Note: We do not test samples purchased or sold on eBay.

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Sikhote-Alin, iron meteorite, IIAB, Russia. Fell 1947


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