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News Release (June 29, 1965)


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News Release (June 29, 1965)
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Special to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, June 29, 1965
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New College of Florida
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/ J 2 1 The world y b foe aaing ita att.utiaa oo the race of the 0. s. aetroa.uts to raaah th aoon, t a ew Collece student bae set her sights on ide ttfyin pi cea f tbe aoon tbat fell to earth. Mary O'Keefe, a a.-her of tbe Charter Claaa at Mew College, spent er receot independent atudy period 1nveettaactug the heory that ... 11 laY objects foun4 to certain part. of tbe eartb are fras-enta of t .ooa. Ceaerally apeaktna, tekttt .. are conaidere to e alaaa1 bodlea of roun4ad, but indeftalte shape aqd uakDovn oriain, fouod ia Tooo-Cbtna, the Natherlaada tndies, stral1a, Caechoslevakla, and alao in Texas, an4 in our own country. tea O'K efa goea btYoad this cenerality. Tektttea are yery hig arade alaaa, aot juat alaaay. They are not of tadeflnite but ery apeciftc ape. forces affecti their fli ht. either are they of unknown ortgta, saya abe, but daried froe ole tc tart la fr the .ooa. "Tektite are aaall, sreeoiah or brown objecta vtth a curious aculpture," abe deacribea, "with a r&Ddo dtatributlon aDd a aliKbtly cebaietry. Their eoetaina a aerie of el ... ata too eontt&dictory to have beea produced naturally on eartb. -.ore-


COtLECE HA Y O'XEEFf Page 2 On the basi of the "eontJ"adietory lea 01K of ba eh of ber case for the .oon-deri ed obj eta. ardl of their or18in,t 1 theory ia not ethin ah orked out i the ffiiW ve lui of her read111g period. y'a fath r, & arvard-educated .. nd trooo er who is a theoretician tor tbe National Aeron utleal Space Adm1niatrat1on, has b n vorkt on the probl of t ktites for a n ber of year Fr his r1t1ns. troa those ot otber aei ntbta, and fro 1 .ur "They're fro the rapid dieeuasion ot the theory of har conclusions about te tttea. ay authoritatively, and launch into a oon-der1ved Her axpl nation, brief d holds t at n volca oe ap.w d forth a h which vaa depoa1ted in layers, th at of vhich was welded by preaaure into htsb sr de gla She theorizes that 111ton of years ago hen et ors hit th on, the p ct threw off parte of t e volca ic ash layer 1 great chuuk of which e cAp d v1tb enoueh eloctty to go tuto OTbtt bout t ear h. the rent body nt J' d the at aphere, h ate lt d. and dripped," cla1 Misa "Th drip forued the te titee which then fall off 1Dto a uarow are balov the ort inal orbit and nded up on rth." Part of the rational for tbe tektite theory trom the unusu 1 ur f ce inde tat10Ds o e ch one vell aa the over 11 nape. ome are in teardrop bape, in the form of elted lee cream from a con and the urtaee rkiDMa vary fro looktns like 11 1ndeutattona ouaed out by a eharp tool to bavin co tiuuoua flow lineft. -ttOre-


COLl.!CE Mary O' eefa Paa 3 Tektit are fo d in ran ar aa r uod the earth in hat iae o eefe aaya are e lled "atr fielda." e cau au tbeae fields r creat d fro diatribution areas found for pieeeaoof Aatro aut Jo o Clean' rocket tru k and tor. The recovery area for tbe piece exte de froa Br ail to Sout Africa." ot d 1 a O' efe. Certainly there re a reat uy re tektttea tbau find ld 1 dicate b t the y reaearc er y t er ia a r fer thia. uy te titea ha bhit the artb. I th f t plac their color, aiae and chaiatry ke t;:h 1Dconapicuoua, abe "Y quickly. ny of t fi da have b aade vhere there b eo a railroa bu 1t or a w1 inR o ratio ow di iaa O'Keefe r ally tet 1ntereated tn t titeaT Wbila her father baa e a at for a n er of ye r it waa not un 11 ehe aa at ew Coll ge th t her lntareat bee piqu "I aa att lat by tbe le tera y father vrote bout the work he vaa doing with te tltaa," aai iaa o af "Alao, 1 p aaled b cau e 1 c uldn't er taDd at he w a talkin abo c. returaed to her h in Ch c ril an f r e era! veeka rked ateadily, r .. dtna on tbe aubj t. en ahe wrote bar ovn leu thy re-tearc ap a d v or 1 rep rta on it to t atude t b y a d to cert n era of e faculty. Did the p oj ct help her i her atudieaf


N!W COLLEGE ry O'Keefe Page 4 "Very much, according to the reaearcber. ul learned to undor tand what the moon is like. It also was helpful to me in king geology, flu4d dynamics, and other theories of orbit, 1 pact, and mass, interesting, and it tied in with many of y studies in the first year." Miss O'Keefe was well prepar d for the co plax task which abe undertook. A top student at the Ston Ridge School in Bethesda, Md., which is run by the School of the Sacred Heartahe wee accustomed to learned talk in her family. Not only is her father a theorticlan who brings home some of his interesting ork to share with his family, but aha also hae a brother who raduated from the University of Chteago a year ago, one at th Catholic University, and a sister at the University of Toronto. Fiv other younaer brothers and sisters aake up her family. Although on of her ajor int rests is in the area of acience, ehe admite to a current favoritiaa for literature. Happily WTapped up in all of her activitiea, she has a enthusias for the type of project she haa just completed. What ia the significance of tektites? "They can help ua to abaut the earth and provide us a clue to the formation of the oon," sa's Miss C'Keefe. are constantly put-ting together new information fr0111 our probes into pace that will tell us 110re about our entir universe.nThey even help us to interpret the Ranger photographs of the moon." Por Mary O'Keefe, it is significant that it ta also her first full-fledged college research paper and ahe ia proud of the retulta. -3Q-

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