National Geographic : 1986 Sep
To find a fallen star,Robert Haag will travel to the ends of the earth. Seen here close to home in Tucson, Arizona (below), he has followed his metal detector through South America, Canada,and Egypt, driven by a collector'szeal. The crown jewels of his extensive collection arepolished sections of the Imilac pallasite,a rare stony iron he acquired in trade from a Chilean collector. Backlighting sets fire to amber inclusions of olivine in one section (right). When biology professor Harvey Nininger began collecting meteorites in the 1920s, they were commonly valued at a dollara pound. A pioneer in meteoritics,the science of meteorites, he is seen (facingpage, top) with a cast of a meteorite in Colorado,four months before his death last March at the age of 99. He found about half of all meteorites discovered in the 1930s, largely with the help of thousands of ruralAmericans. One of his ingenious methods was a trailerwith electromagnets, seen at Meteor Crater in a 1939 photograph(bottom) of Harvey and his son, Robert.