METEORITE HUNTER GEOFFREY NOTKIN
A GUIDE TO OUR METEORITE HUNTING TELEVISION SHOWS

Working on meteorite hunting documentaries for television has become nearly a full-time job for us, and we love almost every minute of it. On this page you'll find an overview of our recent TV productions. We have appeared in the meteorite hunters episodes of shows for Science Channel, Discovery Channel, History Channel, PBS, National Geographic and The Travel Channel. Here are details about some of our recent and current meteorite TV shows.

JANUARY, 2010
METEORITE MEN SEASON ONE PREMIERE

Aerolite Meteorites owner Geoff Notkin and his long-time friend and expedition partner, Steve Arnold, star in Science Channel's exciting new adventure series Meteorite Men. The world premiere of Season One was on January 20, 2010. Meteorite Men is currently airing on Science.
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Photograph by Sonya Gay Bourn

 

 
SEPTEMBER, 2008
DISCOVERY CHANNEL'S GALACTIC COLLISIONS

Meteorite hunters Geoffrey Notkin and Steve Arnold filmed in Pima County, Arizona and Kiowa County, Kansas during September, for a new three-part science documentary which aired on The Discovery Channel in 2009. The first segment was filmed at the Aerolite Meteorites offices in Tucson, followed by five days of field work in the Brenham, Kansas strewnfield. The director (pictured above center with us and our find) was Sean Dash.

On the final day of shooting Steve and Geoff unearthed a gorgeous 21-kilo oriented Brenham pallasite. See our exclusive Discovery Channel meteorite hunt behind the scence feature.

 

 
JULY, 2008
HISTORY CHANNEL'S HOW THE EARTH WAS MADE

Location news: The Aerolite Meteorites team (Leigh Anne Delray, Geoff Notkin, Lisa Marie) were filming in Pima County during July, for an important new documentary which aired on The History Channel. The shoot was for a 13-part astronomy/geology series about the history of our planet Earth. And no, it was not created 6,000 years ago : )

One of the episodes is entirely about meteorites, and we were thrilled to work with the Anglo-Canadian crew on this major project. Expected air date: December, 2008. More news when we have it.

Original location photography by Tucson legend Stu Jenks

 

 
MARCH, 2008
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S OUR ATMOSPHERE


Aerolite Meteorites owner Geoffrey Notkin and Steve Arnold were featured in "Our Atmosphere" a fascinating new Naked Earth documentary for National Geographic Television about the air around us, and how it protects us from — among other things — meteorites!

The one-hour documentary had its world premiere on April 1, 2008 (no, it was not an April Fool) and the meteorite hunting segment is the last feature in the episode. Geoff and Steve filmed in Red River County, Texas, investigating an old meteorite strewnfield, with the very kind assistance of their friend and colleague McCartney Taylor. It was a really windy day!

 

 
SEPTEMBER, 2006 and JANUARY, 2007
WIRED SCIENCE FOR PBS


Aerolite Meteorites owner Geoffrey Notkin and Steve Arnold were featured in a special science pilot for PBS, entitled Wired Science. The show was filmed in Kiowa County, Kansas in the fall of 2006 and premiered on PBS in January 2007.

Our segment opened the show, which was part of a competition between rival production companies to generate an intriguing new science show. We're delighted to report that our show was the winner, and Wired Science is now an ongoing series. Our Kansas meteorite hunting segment was re-cut and used again in the first episode of the actual series. Our sincere congratulations to host and Wired magazine editor Adam Rogers and his team.

Read our exclusive behind-the-scenes Making of Wired Science feature HERE

 

 
APRIL, 2006
THE BEST PLACES TO FIND CASH & TREASURES


Aerolite Meteorites owner Geoffrey Notkin was featured in a new documentary series about treasure hunters — The Best Places to find Cash & Treasures — which aired on the Travel Channel early in 2007. The show was filmed in mid-April on location in Kansas and New Mexico. The host of the new show is well-known TV personality Becky Worley. The director is Chris Leavell.

The Cash and Treasures episode on meteorite hunting included two segments. In the first, Becky, Geoff and a team of expert meteorite hunters (Sonny Clary, Ruben Garcia, Keith Jenkerson, and Mike Miller), scour the steep and ragged mountainsides of Glorieta, New Mexico for elusive siderites and pallasites. In the second segment, Becky and Geoff get down with their detectors and shovels in a couple of deep holes to help with the excavation of massive Brenham pallasites in Kiowa County, Kansas with friend and hunting partner Steve Arnold.

The production company reported that our meteorite show was the highest rated episode in the history of Cash & Treasures. It continues in regular rotation on the Travel Channel. Check your local listings. It's a fun show.

Read our exclusive behind-the-scenes Making of Cash & Treasures feature HERE

 

 
APRIL, 2006
KAKE-TV NEWS SPOT


Wichita TV visited the Brenham strewnfield during the Travel Channel film shoot on April 20, 2006. They did a news spot which includes interviews with Steve Arnold and the Travel Channel's Becky Worley, while Geoff works away in the background (in gray ranger vest) with detector and shovel.

Two large Brenham pallasites were unearthed during the one-day dig, one of them showing distinct orientation.