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Do you want to find a meteorite1? Well, here is where to look – out on the Antarctic ice. The pristine2 white surface makes meteorites3 easier to see.
Alexander Gerst is part of a team hunting for rocks from space, which makes sense because he has spent a lot of his time up here.
He is a former commander of the International Space Station and has spent more time in orbit than any other European. But he is back on Earth searching for clues about the origin of our Solar System.
His boss on the ice gives me a lesson in how to find a meteorite.
So John has found more meteorites than anyone else. So we're going to simulate finding a meteorite – we've placed one on the snow over there, right? So we've been driving on the Ski-Doo. We've spotted4 it over there. What happens next?
Well, the next thing we'll do is walk over to confirm whether it is a meteorite or not.
So you're not allowed to touch it, are you?
You don't want to touch it – and we're upwind of it too – I don't want to drip my nose on it!
No, snot is the least of it. There are strict rules to ensure nothing contaminates the meteorites.
Most meteorites date back billions of years, right to the birth of the Solar System, so the research here helps us understand how the Earth itself was formed and it could also protect our planet.
Everybody knows that the dinosaurs5 came to extinction6 because of the big, big asteroid7 crashing into Earth and that was long ago but nowadays, still we have asteroids8 hitting Earth. Sooner or later, a bigger one is going to hit us. They're made of, in principle, the same stuff as some of these rocks that we find out there on the Polar plateau. If ever one comes straight at us and we realise that – well, we can only do something about that if we know exactly what it's made of.
For astronaut Alex, the rocks hold a personal significance.
You see things coming from outer space, zipping past you into the Earth's atmosphere and that's the weird9 thought when you, for the first time in your life, see a shooting star from above realising, hey, that thing just flew past me.
So his Antarctic trip kind of closes a circle. The astronaut has recovered the remains10 of shooting stars on Earth so we can understand our planet a bit better.


1 meteorite 2wNy1     
  • The meteorite in Jilin Exhibition Hall is believed to be the largest in the world.吉林展覽館的隕石被認為是世界上最大的。
  • The famous Murchison meteorite smashed into the Australian ground in 1969.1969年著名的默奇森隕石轟然墜落在澳大利亞。
2 pristine 5BQyC     
  • He wiped his fingers on his pristine handkerchief.他用他那塊潔凈的手帕擦手指。
  • He wasn't about to blemish that pristine record.他本不想去玷污那清白的過去。
3 meteorites 12efd1ed528a28fe1f7cb667a7fbc1e0     
n.隕星( meteorite的名詞復數 )
  • Small meteorites have left impact craters all over the planet's surface. 這個行星的表面布滿了小塊隕石留下的撞擊坑。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • One theory about the existence of extraterrestrial life rests on the presence of carbon compounds in meteorites. 地球外存在生命的理論是基于隕星上存在碳化合物質這一事實的。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
4 spotted 7FEyj     
  • The milkman selected the spotted cows,from among a herd of two hundred.牛奶商從一群200頭牛中選出有斑點的牛。
  • Sam's shop stocks short spotted socks.山姆的商店屯積了有斑點的短襪。
5 dinosaurs 87f9c39b9e3f358174d58a584c2727b4     
n.恐龍( dinosaur的名詞復數 );守舊落伍的人,過時落后的東西
  • The brontosaurus was one of the largest of all dinosaurs. 雷龍是所有恐龍中最大的一種。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • Dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years. 恐龍絕種已有幾百萬年了。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
6 extinction sPwzP     
  • The plant is now in danger of extinction.這種植物現在有絕種的危險。
  • The island's way of life is doomed to extinction.這個島上的生活方式注定要消失。
7 asteroid uo1yD     
  • Astronomers have yet to witness an asteroid impact with another planet.天文學家還沒有目擊過小行星撞擊其它行星。
  • It's very unlikely that an asteroid will crash into Earth but the danger exists.小行星撞地球的可能性很小,但這樣的危險還是存在的。
8 asteroids d02ebba086eb60b6155b94e12649ff84     
n.小行星( asteroid的名詞復數 );海盤車,海星
  • Asteroids,also known as "minor planets",are numerous in the outer space. 小行星,亦稱為“小型行星”,在外太空中不計其數。
  • Most stars probably have their quota of planets, meteorids, comets, and asteroids. 多數恒星也許還擁有若干行星、流星、彗星和小行星。
9 weird bghw8     
  • From his weird behaviour,he seems a bit of an oddity.從他不尋常的行為看來,他好像有點怪。
  • His weird clothes really gas me.他的怪衣裳簡直笑死人。
10 remains 1kMzTy     
  • He ate the remains of food hungrily.他狼吞虎咽地吃剩余的食物。
  • The remains of the meal were fed to the dog.殘羹剩飯喂狗了。
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