Lunar Curator Curator's Comments
by Gary Lofgren

Another year has passed in the everchanging world of curation. Our reorganization has occurred and the best evidence of that is the mail code, now ST, formerly SN; nothing is official until the code changes. See the article by Carl Allen in this issue about the new structure and the new efforts underway. One of the changes not discussed by Carl is regarding educational materials. Marilyn Lindstrom, formerly the meteorite curator, is now in charge of educational materials, including requests for lunar and meteorite thin section packages and educational disks. Requests should now be sent to her. We had our annual center wide open house Saturday, August 25. I spent my stint in the lunar viewing room talking to the visitors. I am always amazed at the enthusiasm that they have to learn about the rocks and the Apollo missions. They are always surprised that we are still studying the rocks.

Requests for lunar samples for scientific study remain strong. We have sent out 421 samples from the last two rounds of allocations in October and March. The CAPTEM (Curation Analysis Planning Team for Extraterrestrial Materials) will meet in mid-October 2001. The meeting in March of next year will be a couple of weeks earlier because the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) is earlier. The requests will be due February 6, 2002.

A long-term display sample was recently sent to the Lodestar Astronomy Center at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History in Albuquerque. A sample was sent earlier this year to the Western Australian Museum of Natural Science in Perth, Australia, and to the National Space Science Center in Leicester, England. These most recent display samples utilize our new case design. This design will facilitate completion of future display samples.