It’s a bit terrifying to think that there are giant rocks flying straight at our planet on a regular basis – but it’s true. Though our atmosphere helps fry the occasional wayward piece of asteroid or comet as it heads our way, once in a while a handful (or more) makes it through.
Now on a hunt to find these incredible lost pieces of the universe comes the new seven-part Discovery Science series METEORITE MEN premiering Monday, September 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
After racing through space at speeds of 48,000kph until violently crashing here, lost pieces of the universe have been buried deep below the Earth’s surface for thousands of years. And although they’re among the rarest natural objects on Earth – more uncommon than gold – meteorite hunters Geoff Notkin and Steve Arnold will stop at nothing to track down these ancient alien treasures.
There is no mountain too tall, no dry lake bed too deep and no desert too harsh to keep these guys from their mission of locating pieces of history that can answer incredible questions about our past and future. Finding these cosmic treasures is a difficult task requiring innovative, cutting-edge detection technology, as well as a keen ability to scientifically decipher the mystery where each might lie. That is where professionals Notkin and Arnold come in. Armed with an assortment of high-tech equipment and their own archive of secret maps – locations where they believe meteorites have fallen – the meteorite men reveal to viewers how strongly adventure is intrinsic to the pursuit of scientific discovery.
The series begins with Notkin and Arnold on a quest to find answers to the “Tucson Ring Mystery” – one of the most intriguing anomalies in the meteorite world. The meteorite men also search outside of Odessa, Texas, for a massive 65,000 year-old meteor buried deep in the ground, and scour West Texas for tiny pieces of the “Ash Creek Meteorite,” which caught the public’s attention when it streaked across the sky in February 2009.
Nearly polar opposites in terms of personality (one is British and one is American; one is a vegetarian and the other a devoted carnivore), Notkin and Arnold meet almost exclusively at their love for meteorite hunting. It’s this shared passion for unearthing pieces of outer space that has sent the duo to all corners of the globe for nearly 13 years.
Highlights from the first episodes of METEORITE MEN include:
METEORITE MEN – Pilot
Monday, September 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Modern day treasure hunters, Steve Arnold and Geoff Notkin, have travelled the world for years to search for remnants of ancient meteorites. The duo uses inventive, cutting-edge technologies to detect these treasures from space as each are often buried over centuries by substantial amounts of dirt and sediment. With a first-hand look at the unique science of meteorite hunting, the first episode takes viewers to the farmlands of Brenham, Kansas, – a hotbed for meteorites – as Notkin and Arnold search for pieces of a large meteorite that fell to Earth thousands of years ago.
METEORITE MEN – “Tucson Ring Mystery”
Monday, October 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Meteorite hunters Geoff Notkin and Steve Arnold take viewers on a search for clues to uncover the 150 year-old mystery of the “Tucson Ring.” Accidentally discovered in the 1850s by a Mexican farmer, the “Tucson Ring” is an enormous meteorite that now resides in the Smithsonian museum in Washington, D.C. The location of where it fell remains a powerful mystery. Now, with the help of ATV’s, trucks and eventually their feet, Notkin and Arnold – armed with the latest metal detection technology – navigate the narrow trails of rugged southern Arizona mountains to unveil the mystery of the “Tucson Ring.”
METEORITE MEN – “Odessa Iron Meteorite Crater”
Monday, October 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Approximately 50,000 years ago a giant meteor created one of only two craters in the United States that have produced meteorite fragments. Notkin and Arnold are on a mission to explore the crater from the inside out. The team will interview the veteran hunters who found the crater and meet Tim Rodman, one of the last people to journey into the crater’s shaft before it was closed. On the hunt for meteorite fragments, the METEORITE MEN use state-of-the-art metal detectors to determine the difference between the iron of the oil pipes in this area and the iron found in meteorites.