A Visit to Arizona's Barringer Crater, AKA the Best Preserved Meteor Site in the World
Know what's cool? Space. Know what's even cooler? When things floating around in the vastness of space come pay a visit to earth. Ok, that's only cool when it happens thousands of years ago and doesn't hurt anyone. Luckily for us, that's exactly what happened near Winslow, Arizona 50,000+ years ago.
Formerly known as "Canyon Diablo Crater," this meteor crater, now known as the "Barringer Crater," is said to be the world's (that's right, world's) first proven and best preserved meteor crater. It's so well preserved that NASA used it in the '60s to train astronauts preparing for Apollo missions to Earth's moon. They did this because the crater very closely matches those found on the moon.
Sure, you could look at photos of the crater, but they won't even come close to seeing it in its full majesty with your own eyes. To do that, you'll need a car and $16 per person. If you want to start planning your journey, we would suggest starting here.
BONUS TIP! You can also arrive hungry as there's a Subway on the premises. If you get the meatball sandwich you can pretend each of the meatballs are meteors and make your own crater at the table! No, of course we didn't try that…
[Photo and drawing: Andy Miles]