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NASA Chat To Discuss Why Meteorites Matter

November 7, 2012
Image Caption: Iron-nickel meteorite found near Fort Stockton, Texas, in 1952. Credit: Smithsonian

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Meteorites are pieces of asteroids and other bodies like the moon and Mars that travel through space and fall to the earth. They are rocks that are similar in many ways to Earth rocks, but it is exciting to find a piece of another planet here on Earth. Meteorites fall to Earth all the time and are distributed over the entire planet, so you could even find one in your own backyard!

Scientists believe the meteorites may hold answers to unsolved mysteries about our solar system and the origins of molecules necessary for life. By studying the meteor, scientists also will learn more about the early solar system and the formation of our planets.

Want to Know More About Meteorites?

On Thursday, Nov. 8, from 2-3 p.m. EST, Dr. Bill Cooke will be on hand to answer your questions about meteorites. Cooke is the lead for the Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. As a special bonus, Dr. Marc Fries, a noted expert in meteorites and their recovery, will join Dr. Cooke in answering your questions about meteorites.

Joining the chat is easy. Simply return to this page a few minutes before 2 p.m.EST on Thursday, Nov. 8. The chat module will appear at the bottom of this page. After you log in, wait for the chat module to be activated, then ask your questions!

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Dr. Bill Cooke
Dr. Marc Fries

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