Rutgers associate professor, Juliane Gross


Nick Romanenko

After close to two months of sleeping in a tent at 11,000 feet in the ice fields of one of the most remote places on earth—the Trans-Antarctic Mountains—Juliane Gross returns in March from the South Pole with the goods, packing rare meteorites left undisturbed in this pristine environment way, way down under. Meteorites are valuable in revealing much about the evolution of our solar system and the formation of planets. Gross, pictured with a meteorite from her personal collection, is an associate professor of earth and planetary sciences at the School of Arts and Sciences. She participated in the meteorite program through Case Western Reserve University that was funded by NASA. The recovered meteorites, collected by using tongs and carefully stored to avoid contamination, will be sent to the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston.