Many of those who grew up in Arizona have fond memories of family trips going up to Flagstaff, Arizona. It is fascinating how you can drive up from an arid desert to a vast pine forest in just a two hour drive up the I-17. Camping trips and visits to the Grand Canyon are common. But the meteor crater often sticks out in my mind.
The meteor crater is a vast meteorite impact crater. It is around 3,900 feet in diameter and around 500 foot deep. I am always in awe when I take a visit there. I believe early childhood visits to the meteor crater site are what ignited my passion for astrophysics and all things space.… Read the rest